Underhand Tactics : The Real Price of Your Mobile Phone

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  • Creator Java (Firm)
  • Format Videos, Slides, Films
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  • Publication [Place of publication not identified] : Java (Firm), [2014] New York, N.Y. : distributed by Films Media Group, 2015. ©2014
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    • 1 online resource (1 video file (57 min., 4 sec.)) : sound, color
  • OCLC ocn931095656


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  • There are now more mobile phones on the planet than toothbrushes. This documentary investigates the secrets of the multinationals that produce our mobile phones, including the human and environmental cost in China and the Congo. Filmmaker Martin Boudot's team brings exclusive footage from inside Chinese factories where children are working long hours under arduous conditions-contradicting company claims of preventing child labor. In Africa, the mines that retrieve minerals essential to smartphone components are dangerous and unregulated. Injuries and deaths occur regularly amongst workers just desperate to support their families. In China, the environmental damage has scarred the landscape, emptied a village, and caused a cancer epidemic. Boudot's team confronts the major names in the mobile phone industry with the realities that they would like to keep hidden.


  • Streaming video file encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on June 10, 2015.
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  • Closed-captioned.


  • Smartphone Industry's Dirty Secrets (2:24) -- Low Cost Labor Force (2:45) -- Nanchang Factory Investigation (3:38) -- Child Labor Evidence (3:40) -- Illegal Labor Practices (2:34) -- Corporate Response to Child Labor (4:15) -- Mobile Phone Mineral Resources (2:13) -- Tantalum Mine (3:49) -- Tantalum Mining Injuries (2:30) -- Phantom Dead (2:29) -- Tantalum Supply Chain (4:32) -- Samsung Labor Rights Violations Mobile Phone Congress (3:51) -- Environmental Pollution (2:27) -- Human Health Impacts (2:51) -- Deadly Water (2:33) -- Chinese Public Health Censorship (2:39) -- Improving Mobile Phone Production (3:39) -- Credits: Underhand Tactics: The Real Price of Your Mobile Phone (1:00)
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