West of Life
Category: Arab Documentary Photography Program
Synopsis: ‘Phosphate road’ details the path of phosphate from the mines of southwest Tunisia to the chemical factories in the gulf of Gabes, where phosphate is being refined and treated. Villagers used to live on fishing and agriculture but those activities vanished. The polluted sea and air causes many diseases and serious social problems. Beyond the social and environmental issues, the project highlights phosphate mining as both a blessing and a curse.