The Devil's Miner (2006)
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"The Devil's Miner" follows two brothers, 14-year-old Basilio and his 12-year-old brother Bernardino, who live in poverty with their mother in the mountains of Bolivia. They work long shifts in the Cerro Rico silver mines, braving deadly conditions to earn enough money to attend school. Daily the brothers go into the underground mining tunnels and tempt fate in order to gain a better life. Through the children's eyes, we encounter the sixteenth century mine, where devout Catholics sever their
Mar 17, 2006 Limited
May 23, 2006
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While political and social context is kept to a minimum, the darkly poetic images they capture speak volumes about what the miners go through.
Guaranteed to leave you outraged at the way children -- and, for that matter, adults -- are exploited by mining companies.
This documentary which exposes the twin evils of child labor and silver mining, is a most powerful expose' of an ongoing, mass-scale human tragedy.
The flawless progress of this documentary lies in the filmmakers' unwavering fealty to their subjects.
A horror movie? Nope -- documentary. Though there is, I think, a good horror movie to be made here.
The film has a tendency to repeat itself, even within its short running time of 82 minutes, but is still able to express a sincere sorrow.
It's a simple film with a direct message, but the glimpses of the surrounding social culture that has adapted to the horrors give (it) its identity.
It's a testament to the filmmakers' subtle storytelling skill that we come to see these boys as heroes as well as victims.
A role-model of a boy with the great skill to articulate his impressive determination and plan for self-improvement.
At times it feels as if not cameras but the audience has been transported to the high mountains of Potosi, Bolivia -- and not so much physically but somehow spiritually.
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