The Devil's Miner (2006)
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Critic Reviews for The Devil's Miner
A mesmerizing documentary both exotic and sad.
... visually beautiful, unforced essay on legacies of colonialism.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Devil's Miner
[font=Century Gothic]"The Devil's Miner" is a documentary about Basilio, a 14-year old mine worker in the silver mines in Bolivia, who has been working there for the last four years while his 12-year old brother assists him. Sometimes he works 24 hour shifts, gnawing on coca leaves to give him energy to stay awake. Life expectancy is 35-40 years for the average miner because of silicosis which is due to inhaled dust particles. Conditions in the mines are bad anyway because of risky explosions and poisonous gas. If his father had not died some years before, he would not have to work in the mines.(The mines were started in colonial times by the Spanish who exploited the Indio population as slaves. You can see how little things have changed over the years.)[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"The Devil's Miner" is a heartbreaking documentary that is told entirely from the point of view of Basilio, his family, other workers and a local priest. I might have had concerns about using a child to talk about a miner's life as a cheap ploy to get sympathy but it works as a look into a possible future, not only for him but for all of the other miners. Basilio goes to school and wants to become a teacher. He sees the mines as a temporary situation. Let's hope so.[/font]
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