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Directed by
Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani
USA / 2005 / 82 minutes minutes

Screening Times and Venues:
Woodstock Town Hall
9/30/2005, 12:00PM
Upstate Films II
10/1/2005, 2:15PM
THE DEVIL'S MINER is the story of 14-year-old Basilio Vargas and his 12-year-old brother Bernardino, as they work in the Bolivian silver mines of Cerro Rico, which date back to the sixteenth century. Through the children's eyes we encounter the world of devout Catholic miners who sever their ties with God upon entering the mountain. It is an ancient belief that the devil, represented by hundreds of statues constructed in the tunnels, determines the fate of all who work within the mines.

"A tender, compelling and visually magnificient view of life in a remote Bolivian mining village."
(Nikki Goldbeck)

Kief Davidson is an award winning feature film and documentary director born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His current film, THE DEVIL'S MINER had its world premiere at the Rotterdam film festival in 2005 and won awards at the Tribeca Film Festival (Emerging Filmmaker) and Hot Docs (FIPRESCI-Film Critic Award). Davidson also wrote and directed the dark comedy, MINOR DETAILS, an independent feature film starring Peter Sarsgaard and Larry Pine. In addition, he has directed and produced documentaries for The Discovery Channel, ABC News, PBS, and A&E.

Kief began his filmmaking career in 1993 as editor on the Academy Award-nominated documentary, BLOOD TIES: THE LIFE AND WORK OF SALLY MANN. He is the recipient of two Emmy nominations for his work with National Geographic and on the journalistic film WHAT'S NEWS?, he earned an International Monitor Award for Best Editing. Kief currently divides his time between Los Angeles and New York City.

Richard Ladkani, an acclaimed documentary filmmaker, has completed over 35 international documentaries filmed in some of the most remote regions of the world. His award-winning skills as director and cameraman have produced documentaries on topics ranging from wildlife in ENCOUNTERS WITH THE GREAT WHITE SHARK to political films like ESCAPE OVER THE HIMALAYAS, a film about Tibetan refugee children that won 15 international awards.

Ladkani has worked on big-budget historical documentaries involving large-scale re-enactments, such as JUDAS THE TRAITOR and THE CRUSADERS, as well as character-driven personal stories shot on location in Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Mongolia. A 20-part series, MONASTERIES OF THE DANUBE RIVER, earned him both the Austrian and Italian cinematography awards for best picture.

Cast/Featuring: The Miners of Cerro Rico, Basilio Vargas, Bernardino Vargas, Vanessa Vargas, Manuela Altica Vargas, Braulio Jancko, Padre Jesus, Saturnino Ortega
Director(s): Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani
Cinematographer(s): Richard Ladkani
Composer(s)/Music: Leonardo Heiblum, Andrés Solis


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Emerging Pictures



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