Without them our world would look different. We would not be able to build machines, to move, to transmit dates. They are hidden deep under the earth. It is hard to get them out and it needs a long treatment until they are the way people need it: Metals - copper, nickel, iron - <>.
The film <> tells us about the significance of nickel for our lives. It documents the consequences of the wide-spread mining of it for the people and their environment in New Caledonia.
The film <> shows how, despite the latest technologies, the copper ore is still mined under very difficult conditions. The main location of this documentary are the Chilean copper mines of Chuquicamata and El Salvador.
Using the private steel company Shagang near Shanghai as an example, the film <> shows how iron and steel are produced in China.