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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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An unusually good documentary, a tragic situation, and one heroic young man. See more (13 total) »

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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USA:82 min
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
An unusually good documentary, a tragic situation, and one heroic young man., 19 June 2006
Author: andlaw99 from United States

Yes, this documentary is about poor, fatherless children who must work in the hazardous mines to support their families. I won't go into a lot of detail about the specifics of the film--you can find that in other user comments. There are multitudes of documentaries detailing the sad stories the less fortunate members of the world are forced to live every day. So what? What makes this movie different?

Two things: 1) the incredible maturity and strength of character of Basilio Vargas (the 14 year old miner the documentary is centered around) and 2) the expert way the filmmakers let the story tell itself instead of force-feeding the viewer pity and guilt.

I am not a filmmaker, but I think it took a great deal of wisdom for them to realize that this young man could relate the story on his own better than any amount of narration or scripted propaganda. Basilio is heroic, mature, a dreamer with goals and aspirations, a fatherless child, a father to his siblings, a breadwinner for the family, and he never complains about any of it.

Watching this film makes you want to comfort Basilio and then get down on your knees and ask God for forgiveness for being such an ungrateful and spoiled Westerner. Somehow though, you come away from it wishing you could show it to everyone you know, and wishing you could tell Basilio how much you admire him.

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