• Synopsis

Ousmane, known as « DJ », has settled in Baboto to make a living from traditional gold panning in a gold-zone of southwest Mali. But, near the village, a multinational company is about to open a new industrial mine on the site used by the gold diggers: soon, a fence will prevent the gold diggers from mining their plots. Many people, like Ousmane, are now trying to get hired by the mining company before they loose their gold digging plots. 

Jérôme Poisson (French) is a geologist and has worked during several years for various mining companies, particularly on prospecting for gold in West Africa.  He lived in Bamako for 10 years where he coordinates cartographic and geological studies. Having ranged among the diverse gold mines in West Africa, he has been writing and developing since 2017 Gold or Money, a first documentary film on gold mining and digging in Mali.

Eric Rivot (French-Malian) studied cinema and photography in Louis Lumière High School. Living in Mali since 2005, he has been working in West Africa in collaboration with Souleymane Cissé and the CNCM. In 2011, his first short film Drogba est mort is selected in Clermont-Ferrand and Fespaco, awarded in Barcelona and broadcasted by Arte. In 2015, he directed Action for Green Africa (Action Afrique verte), selected in Montreal, Sydney and Vues d’Afrique (special mention). Gold or Money is his first creative documentary film.


Genre: documentary
Duration: 50′
Format: FHD colour – 2.0 / 5.1
Dialogues: Bamanakan (Mali)
Versions: French, English, Bamanakan

Original idea & concept: Jérôme Poisson
Scenario & direction: Jérôme Poisson & Eric Rivot
Photography: Eric Rivot, Georges Akeminou
Sound: Bouillagui Touré
Editing: Karine Germain
Sound design: Sylvain Buffet
Original soundtrack: Grégoire Paultre
Translation: Mohamed Wati, Madani Touré, Pierre Koné
Production Mali: Mohammed Coulibaly
Production France: Julien Fiorentino

A documentary film produced by L’Echangeur & Termites Films (Mali)

in coproduction Lyon Capitale TV (France)

with the support of Un Monde Par Tous Foundation & French Institute in Mali
with the participation of CNC


# World

International sales: 3Boxmedia

# France

Distribution: L’Echangeur

Images en Bibliothèques 2022: Catalog

Institutional distribution in France: ADAV

# Africa

Distribution: L’Echangeur

Unifrance Films Short Film Gallery


organized by L’Echangeur, supported by Unifrance Films & French Institute

Avant-premiere in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

– MICA, FESPACO: on thursday 21st of October 2021 at 9am & 5pm

– Canal Olympia, Pissy: on thursday 21st of October 2021 at 8.30pm

Avant-premiere in Bamako, Mali

Magic Cinema ‘Babemba’: on friday 29th of October 2021 at 9.30pm

– French Institute in Mali: on tuesday 2nd of November 2021 at 7pm

SCREENINGS 2022 – 2023

Louxor African Film Festival, Egypt, 5th March 2022

Ecrans Noirs Film Festival, Yaoundé, Cameroun, 7th October 2022

Lumières d’Afrique Festival, Besançon, 7th November 2022 at 2pm

My First Doc Film Festival Tunis, 21 – 24th December 2022

Doc Luanda Film Festival, Luanda, Angola, 30th March to 6th April 2023

Festival du film identitaire et solidaire, Nikki, Bénin, 23th to 27th May 2023

Mois du film documentaire, France, November 2023


Lyon Capitale TV :

-> Saturday 8th of April 2023 at 6pm

-> Thursday 22th of June 2023 at 6pm

TV5MONDE : July 2023

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