Columbite Tantalite is the latest short film birthed from a collaboration between the Young Vic and the Guardian newspaper.
Award winning actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and first time wrote and directed the film as a response to Aimé Césaire’s A Season in the Congo (a play on which he played the role of Patrice Lumumba). Columbite Tantalite tells the story of ‘the west’s hunger for African mineral wealth, and about Congo’s struggle to come to terms with its past’
Ejiofor states, ‘The play, by the Martinique-born writer Aimé Césaire, made me think – about the relationship between African nations and western ones, about the violent history of Congo and its struggles to deal with its past. As I started working on a script for the short film that would become Columbite Tantalite, I knew that I wanted to weave in the firsthand experiences I’d had travelling to Goma and Kinshasa, and draw on the wider politics of the region. Though my story would partly dwell on Congo’s past, I wanted it to be set in the present. Congo now and Congo then.’