Mine Your Own Business is the first documentary which asks the hard questions of foreigners who lead campaigns to “save” remote areas from development. Their answers are often disturbing, with racist overtones, but we, in the west, blindly support such campaigns that want to keep people in poverty. Now for the first time Mine Your Own Business asks local people about their lives and what they want for the future.
Their answers are very often different from what the foreign environmentalists say and what is reported in the mainstream international media.
Mine Your Own Business goes beyond the voice of the foreign environmentalists that we so often hear in the media and meets those who will be most affected by these projects and the well-run campaigns against them.
Mine Your Own Business follows George, a 23-year-old unemployed miner from northern Romania whose life has been put on hold after an anti-mining campaign orchestrated by foreign environmentalists. George explains his hopes and dreams for the future – which are different from those prescribed for him by foreign environmentalists. He then travels to other impoverished communities in Madagascar and Chile who are also desperately waiting for large mining projects. George finds people similar to himself with similar hopes and dreams of a decent job and house and a decent education and better life for their children. 66 minutes.