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  • Summary: 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, as represented by hundreds of statues constructed in the tunnels, determines that fate of all who work within the mines. (First Run Features) Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 15 minutes into it, you are spellbound, heartbroken and unaccountably cheered -- your faith and admiration in humanity restored.
  2. This beautiful, terrible story is not easily forgotten.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    100
    Basilio narrates his tale with such wit and wisdom that one comes away from the film wondering how much youthful potential is slowly being choked to death deep within the bowels of the earth.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard M. Porton
    80
    A powerful indictment of the horrendous treatment of children who toil in hellish Bolivian silver mines. The filmmakers are better at fashioning haunting images than offering hard-nosed analysis, yet they never sentimentalize their young protagonists' plight.
  5. 75
    Guaranteed to leave you outraged at the way children - and, for that matter, adults - are exploited by mining companies.
  6. It's a simple film with a direct message, but the glimpses of the surrounding social culture that has adapted to the horrors give this Third World "How Green Was My Valley" its identity.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    70
    A brave, sincere film that leaves you wishing that more light had been shed on the darkness.

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  1. JamesM.
    May 20, 2006
    10
    I happened to see this film by accident in a late night slot on Britain's BBC channel - its stunning and tragic - I'd implore everyone out there to watch it. Expand
  2. KevinC.
    Jun 1, 2006
    10
    One of the most riveting movies I've ever seen. The lives of these people were captured in a sensistive, yet mind-blowing way. The dialogue, the camera work the scenery are fantastic. If you see one movie the rest of the year make it this one . If it wasn;t true, you wouldn't believe it. Expand
  3. RichardB.
    Jul 27, 2006
    10
    This 14 year old is amazing. Excellent and heartbreaking movie.