The Devil's Miner (2005)
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The forsaken world of Bolivian silver miners is brought to the screen in this powerful documentary. Basilio Vargas is a 14-year-old boy living in the impoverished Cerro Rico region of Bolivia. Since the death of his father, Basilio and his younger brother Bernardino are the breadwinners in his family, and they support their mother and siblings working in the Cerro Rico silver mines. Basilio is one of 800 children who regularly work the mines, and it's indicative of the danger and physically
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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.
Directors Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani go underground themselves to expose a form of near-slavery instituted by the Spanish conquistadors more than four centuries ago.
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.
Basilio narrates his tale with such wit and wisdom that one comes away from the film wondering how much youthful potential is slowly being choked to death deep within the bowels of the earth.
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- Devil's Miner - Der Berg des Teufels (DE)