24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Spectacular images show several mining sites in Europe and North America. The relief-like terrain created by heaving machinery shows that man is changing the world like to other species before. Interviewed by the camera, the workers describe the pragmatic reasons for mining and they joy they feel from their work, but also reflect on their negative impacts on life on Earth. The interviews are made more powerful by seemingly neutral static shots of the changing landscape. The fascinating spectacle resembling a work of abstract art lays bare the unparalleled facts of life in this new wasteland and remind us of the consequences our planet suffers because of our modern way of life.
“If we regard the Earth as an organism, then the Earth's crust - its skin which is its most delicate organ. I wanted to take a closer look at the wounds we are inflicting upon the Earth.” N. Geyrhalter
biographyAustria’s Nikolaus Geyrhalter (1972) is a director of original documentaries. His films Das Jahr nach Dayton (1997), Pripyat (1999), Elsewhere (2001), Our Daily Bread (2005), and Abendland (2011) have been shown and received awards at film festivals in Europe and around the world.
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|producer:||Markus Glaser, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Michael Kitzberger, Nikolaus Geyrhalter|