In the Underground
First screened in October 2015
Director: Song Zhantao. Documentary about working conditions and above-ground communities around the coal mines of Handan City in Hebei Province, northeast China.
Frederick Wiseman meets The Wages of Fear, miles deep in a Chinese mine right out of H.R. Giger. Very sobering.
After a half-hour of subterranean immersion, the dilation up and out to a broader human ecology is a revealing surprise. Could have gone deeper (sorry), but indelible.
|Photo © 2015 |
Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+