When the government of Burkina Faso started to issue mining permits in 2000, gold fever struck. The people of Kalsaka were promised mountains of gold: jobs for the villagers, scholarships for their children, money for the government coffers, and development aid for the next 10 years. But six years later, these promises rang hollow as the mountains of gold were simply taken away, leaving them with nothing but polluted land. Through the interweaving of fictional and documentary elements, No Gold for Kalsaka reinterprets the tale of good and evil so familiarly depicted in the Western. References to West African griot traditions, cowboys and Ennio Morricone's film music create a Wild-West-like world caught up in the gold rush.
Michel K. Zongo, born in 1974 in Koudougou, Burkina Faso, is a director, cameraman and scriptwriter. From 2003 to 2008, he was responsible for the Interactive Debate-Cinema at Cinomade, an association based in Burkina Faso whose objective is to create and distribute tools to increase awareness, notably through the cinema.