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SEVEN GRAMS

An augmented reality project by
the creator of The Enemy, Karim Ben Khelifa

What do you know about the Democratic ­Republic of Congo? What does your ­smartphone have to do with the obscure and faraway conflict that has despaired that country for decades? What are the key ­minerals and components ­needed to power your smartphone? How and why are they ­indispensable? Who is fighting for the control over the mines? Which foreign countries are ­involved, and why? What does the supply chain look like that brings these minerals from the ­battlefield to the factory floor to the shops where we buy the finished product?

Seven Grams aims to bring the DRC’s ­tragedy straight to the smartphone that its mineral ­resources helped make via a free AR app on both IOS and Android ­systems. The world’s ­largest economy, the United States of America, was valued at 21 trillion US dollars in 2018. The total value of the mineral resources still ­buried in the DRC is estimated at 24 trillion US ­dollars. So how can it be that the DRC ranks only 176th out of 181 countries on the Human ­Development ­Index? For the Congolese people, their country’s wealth in ­mineral resources has been a curse, not a blessing. The late dictator Mobutu Sese Seko plundered the country so thoroughly that its ­economy and ­institutions all but ceased to exist. After he was ousted, Congo ­became the ­scene for the most lethal conflict since the ­Second ­World War. Meanwhile, other countries helped themselves to Congo’s resources and got rich in the ­process, largely thanks to the ­voracious ­demand of ­certain minerals necessary for the ­production of the smartphones and other new technologies that have ­become part of our daily ­lives.

Through AR sequences, and an animated film, Seven Grams offers an entirely new way for people to understand the human cost

By visualizing in AR these complex political, economic and ­electronic­ processes­ in­ Augmented­­ Reality,­ Seven Grams­ offers ­an­ entirely new way for people to understand the human cost that went into producing their smartphones.
Art concept and animation: TT Svoronos
Executive producer: Chloé Jarry
A coproduction Lucid Realities, France Télévisions, Think Films, POV
With the support of CNC & La Région Occitanie

The world’s largest economy, the United States of America, was valued at 21 ­trillion US dollars in 2018. The total value of the mineral resources still ­buried in the DRC is ­estimated at 24 trillion US ­dollars.