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.

Twitter Capsule: Frederick Wiseman meets The Wages of Fear, miles deep in a Chinese mine right out of H.R. Giger. Very sobering.

VOR:   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+

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