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The story of a child's survival
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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. | Add synopsis »
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Knockout: Kassim the Dream
 (From Tribeca Film. 1 June 2009, 8:30 AM, PDT)

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Directed by
Kief Davidson 
Richard Ladkani 
 
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Richard Ladkani 

Kief Davidson 

Produced by
Carles Brugueras .... co-executive producer
Kief Davidson .... producer
Richard Ladkani .... producer
Werner Vennewald .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Leonardo Heiblum 
Andrés Solis 
 
Cinematography by
Richard Ladkani 
 
Film Editing by
Kief Davidson 
 
Production Management
Kathleen Davidson .... production manager
Anita Ragette .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Tobias Corts .... sound: second unit
David Glaser .... additional sound mixer
Andreas Rudroff .... sound editor (as Andy Rudroff)
Andreas Rudroff .... sound mixer (as Andy Rudroff)
Oliver Vorderbruegge .... sound editor
Oliver Vorderbruegge .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tobias Corts .... camera operator: second unit
 
Music Department
Ernesto Anaya .... musician: guitars and charango
Tomás Barreiro .... musician: classical guitar
Rodrigo Duarte .... musician: cello
Carlos García .... musician: flute and percussion
Omar Guevara .... musician: violin
Emiliano Motta .... musician: flute
Andrés Sánchez .... musician: bass
Andrés Sánchez .... musician (electric bass)
 
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Chris Degnan .... title designer
Oscar Gonzalez .... production assistant
Jonathan Gray .... production counsel
 

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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Moving, 23 April 2005
Author: liepsj

I just saw this film at the Tribeca Film Festival and I was absolutely touched by the story and especially by the maturity and toughness of the children in it. My impression was that the audience also mostly loved it seen the reactions towards the directors afterwards and some quick looks at the voting bills. This documentary is about the 14 year old Bolivian Basilio Vargas who works in the horrifying silver mines of Cerro Rico. He and his brother have to do back-breaking and hazardous work with only $4 a day and the certainty of a quick death as reward. Folk myths in Catholic Bolivia tell that God cannot come into these silver mines. Therefore, to be sure of the required protection in the mines, the miners pray to the devil since he is the god of these dark, dangerous and hellish tunnels. The viewer is not only given a view into the consequences of this religious struggle but especially focuses on the total dependence of Basilio's poor fatherless family on Basilio's strains. This leads to heart breaking monologues from the lovable Basilio who also appears to be extremely well-spoken and has a great sense of responsibility and dedication. The footage shot inside the mines following Basilio left me speechless and with an incredible amazement on how one could even work there for a whole week, let alone 4 years. The images on the outside show a huge contrast with wide breathtaking views and mountains. These images however only occasionally reach the magical beauty of for example the south-American landscapes in The Motorcylce Diaries. Nevertheless a touching movie which filled me with great admiration for the heroic Basilio. 8 out of 10

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