JADE MINERS

WA YU SHI DE REN

By Midi Z

MONTAGE FILM PRODUCTION / SEASHORE IMAGE PRODUCTION - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2015

Workers from all over the country flock to the jade mines in the Kachin State to dig illegally for jade. They risk being arrested by the soldiers and being buried by rocks. All they want is to find a piece of beautiful jade that will lead them to comfortable lives.

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BAFICI (Buenos Aires) 2015
Human Rights Competition
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • TAIWAN
    • Languages
    • Other
    • Duration
    • 104 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Midi Z
    • Synopsis
    • In the end of 2012, when the Burmese army waged a war on the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), many corporations contracted to work with the government on mining for jade in the area were forced to stop their operation.

      As soon as you turn on the camera, reality disappears. As for documentary, I do not believe in reality; instead, I believe that reality can never be easily conveyed via any media. So in this case, why should I make a documentary? Perhaps, it is a personal statement; it expresses what is hidden underneath these seemingly real images and what I have witnessed, including the never-changing nature of the game of survival that human beings have played since the dawn of time. “Civilisation” for most people means nothing more than “a better life”. The lives of these miners around me are the epitome of a certain aspect of human history. Stories like theirs have been happening everywhere in the world, and the truth lies behind them is universal.
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