THE LAND OF MINE
Republic of Finland is promoting clean technology by organizing Green Mining seminars where foreign experts tell us how the development of the world is becoming increasingly expensive by 2050. The Earth is running out of resources and mining companies have to use increasingly low-grade metal deposits. Finland aims to be a model country for environmentally friendly mining. Its pioneer project is Talvivaara, which uses new biotechnology to extract nickel, zinc and uranium. Through several charismatic characters, the documentary film The Land of Mine follows the rise of the biggest nickel mine in Western Europe and the ensuing disasters whose effects continue to reverberate in the nation.
Mika Koskinen lived and worked in China almost 2 decades to film the development of the country. He has directed and produced several internationally broadcasted and acknowledged feature length documentaries such as Zhang´s Diner which premiered at Nyon Visions du Reel main competition 2004 and Red Forest Hotel which premiered at IDFA 2011. After moving back to his old home country Finland he found out that there was a mining boom to produce nickel and other raw materials for China.