Stealing Africa describes the tax system employed by multinational companies in Africa. The film looks at Rüschlikon, a village in Switzerland with a very low tax rate and very wealthy residents. But it receives more tax revenue than it can use. This is largely thanks to one resident - Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of Glencore, whose copper mines in Zambia are not generating a large bounty tax revenue for the Zambians. Zambia has the third largest copper reserves in the world, but 60% of the population live on less than $1 a day and 80% are unemployed. Based on original research into public documents, the film tells the story of global trade where money and natural resources only flow one way.
Following the worldwide broadcast, the series of documentaries is now also available online for downloading to be used by organisations, schools, and anybody wishing to stimulate discussion and debate around poverty.
This one-hour documentary is part of a series of documentaries that form part of the Why Poverty? campaign, a cross media event taking place in November 2012. Eight award-winning film makers were asked to produce this series of documentaries about poverty, with each documentary looking at a different aspect of poverty. The series will be broadcast by 70 broadcasters from around the world reaching more than 500 million people via television, radio, internet and live events.