THE DEVIL'S MINER

LA MINA DEL DIABLO

By Kief DAVIDSON, Richard LADKANI

POLAR STAR FILMS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2005

'The Devil's Miner' tells the story of 14-year-old Basilio who worships the devil for protection while working in a Bolivian silver mine to support his family.

    • Year of production
    • 2005
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA, GERMANY
    • Languages
    • SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 82 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Kief DAVIDSON, Richard LADKANI
    • Synopsis
    • The Devil’s Miner” is the story of 14 year-old Basilio Vargas and his 12 year-old brother Bernardino, as they work in the Bolivian silver mines of Cerro Rico, which date back to the sixteenth century. Through the children’s eyes, we encounter the world of devout Catholic miners who sever their ties with God upon entering the mountain. It is an ancient belief that the devil, as represented by hundreds of statues constructed in the tunnels, determines the fate of all who work within the mines.
      Raised without a father and living in virtual poverty with their mother on the slopes of the mine, the boys assume many adult responsibilities. They must work to afford the clothing and supplies vital to their education. Basilio believes only the mountain devil’s generosity will allow them to earn enough money to continue the new school year. Without an education, the brothers have no chance to escape their destiny in the silver mines.
    • Partners & financing
    • A production by Urba Landscapes & La Mita Loca Film Production
      Co-produced with Polar Star Films
      In association with Provobis Film Hamburg
      With the participation of ARTE / BR / 3SAT / OF, Latino Public Broadcasting,
      The Corporation for Public Broadcasting & Independent Lens and Television Española.
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