“Cœur mineral describes the socio-economic circumstances of Guinea, where people’s lives are smothered by omnipresent foreign and Canadian mining companies that swallow up everything in their path—health, dreams, hopes, opportunities, lives. With acuity, accuracy, and mastery, the author lets us see and understand for ourselves what Canada is doing in our name. ”
—Peer assessment committee: Marie Louise Bibish Mumbu, Matthieu Girard, Anne-Marie Provencher
Young Canadian Boubacar is sent by a mining company he works for to a region in Guinea-Conakry, where his parents are originally from, to resolve a problem with the locals. Confronted with fierce opposition and his employers’ violent practices, Boubacar slowly begins to question his life’s underpinnings. A fresco on multinational corporations, mining operations, and the consequences they have on human beings.
Since graduating from the National Theatre School of Canada, Martin Bellemare has received many distinctions (Prix Gratien-Gélinas, Aides à la creation from the Centre national du théâtre – Artcena, Prix de la dramaturgie francophone from the Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques, Sélections du Bureau des Lecteurs de la Comédie-Française, Prix Michel-Tremblay). His works have been published by Dramaturges Éditeurs and Lansman. He has facilitated workshops and taken part in writing residencies in West Africa, Quebec, and Europe—Poland, specifically, where he wrote for the francophone 10 sur 10 project (DramÉdition). In 2020, he was a finalist for the Siminovitch Prize, which recognizes excellence and innovation in contemporary Canadian theatre. Martin Bellemare lives in Montréal.
Photo: P. Booth