Entering the shafts pierced into a towering mountain in Bolivia where the pursuit of silver has led to the deaths of millions since the Conquistadors, miners believe they are leaving the realm of God and entering that of Satan, whose towering image they have fashioned in each mine. The harrowing journey of one of them, 14-year-old Basilio Vargas, is the focus of this unforgettable film. In Spanish. Visit the official film site.
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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.
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The Devil's Miner is an astonishing portrait of two brothers, 14-year-old Basilio and 12-year-old Bernardino, who work deep inside the silver mines of Cerro Rico, Bolivia. Raised without a father and living on the slopes of the mine, Basilio and his brother must work the mines when they are not in school to help support their family and afford supplies vital to their education. In the mines, which date back to the 16th century, it is an ancient belief that the Devil determines the fate of those who enter. Basilio and his brother place their faith in the mountain devil's generosity, hoping to earn enough money so they can continue going to school - their only chance of escaping their destiny in the silver mines.
Chronicling the daily ordeal of a 14-year-old who works in the Bolivian silver mines, this somber documentary captures the hellish realities of fear.
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