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Price of Gold Image
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  • Summary: Mongolia is known for its original Nomad culture as well as the spectacular natural landscape. Since gold deposits have been discovered however, both are threatened. Mongolians are breaking with their traditions and have started to plunder their land digging for gold. They are using mercury in their extraction of gold and thereby poisoning their environment. A gold rush is changing Mongolia. Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Aaron Cutler
    Sep 17, 2013
    70
    The men's faces often vanish as they go underground, threatened with permanent disappearance: the risk of dynamite bursting early, or of rope breaking and leaving them trapped. The filmmakers find those faces again in private interviews above ground, each miner sitting away from the others to discuss how he feels about the job.
  2. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Sep 20, 2013
    70
    Well-lensed observational doc exposes an obscure economic reality in Mongolia.
  3. Reviewed by: Wes Greene
    Sep 14, 2013
    63
    While the real-time aesthetic approach sporadically enthralls, it also reveals the narrow worldview that burdens the film.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sep 15, 2013
    60
    A noncommittal, occasionally surreal portrait of hardscrabble lives and omnipresent risk.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Sep 24, 2013
    50
    A scrappy portrait of half a dozen renegade gold-diggers.