Documentary, 29 minutes

Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

Germany, 2017

Language versions: english, german, french


Producer, Director, Camera: Johannes Preuss
Editor: Manuel Sosnowski
Music: Chiara Strickland
Animation: Oleg Kauz
Sound Design: Claudio Demel

Color Correction: Martin Mikosch


Part of the NaturVision high-school program for students from grade 7–13.


  • SWR Doku Festival Stuttgart 2018

  • iRepresent International Documentary 

  • Festival Lagos 2018

  • Filmtage Friedrichshafen 2018

  • Künzelsau 2018 / Juryprize for best Documentary 

  • Doc en Courts Lyon 2017

  • Filmschau Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart 2017

  • Neustrelitzer Naturfilmfestival MENSCH! NATUR! 2017 / Audience Award

  • Student Academy Awards Los Angeles 2017 / Studenten-Oscar Gold: Best International  Documentary 

  • Filmzeit Kaufbeuren 2017 / 'Dokufilmzeitpreis'

  • Green Screen Internationales Naturfilmfestival Eckernförde 2017 / Nominated as Best Independent Production

  • Shorts México - Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de México 2017 

  • NaturVision Filmfestival Ludwigsburg 2017

  • BAFTA Student Film Awards 2017 / Shortlist 

Galamsey – For a Fistful of Gold

What does it mean for the inhabitants of a small town in Ghana to live on one of the largest gold deposits in the world?


As a young development worker, the narrator of the film witnessed the outbreak of a new gold rush in Twifu Praso, triggered by mining technology imported from China. Five years later he returns to find out how life has changed. In his research, he encounters destruction, discord and a mighty magnetism between gold and human beeings.

ArtsGhana: Documentary Film provokes "Galamsey" Debate --->

June 30, 2018, Goethe Institute Accra. Screening of Galamsey in presence of the Ghanaian Minister for the Environment Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng (3rd from leftwith subsequent discussion.