Getting Out Alive


Client
UNICEF

Director
Tim Webster

Brief
1 x  advocacy video 

Instead of the classroom, they're sent to the mines

The quarries and pits of Burkina Faso are no place for a child to grow up.

One boy’s story of escape caught our attention.

Background


Gold mining provides a menial income for Burkina Faso’s poorest communities. When adults head to work in the blistering conditions of make-shift pits, children come too.

Almost 20,000 children are employed in the industry which exposes them to toxic chemicals and heat.

"Sometimes in the mine, I would pray to God to remove me from there."

The story


Many of Burkina’s young miners have never been to school. Instead of the classroom, they are sent, often by parents, 150 feet underground where risks to their physical and mental health are rife.

UNICEF seeks to alleviate this.

In Getting Out Alive, we follow a former child miner whose training as a mechanic has allowed him to imagine a future beyond his country’s mines.

66.7% of child miners work 10 or more hours per day

Approach


To work in Burkina Faso’s mines is to experience constant exploitation and risk. We followed ‘Do Not Harm’ principles throughout filming to avoid further suffering.