Mine No.8:Bakuang
Director PENG Jiansheng
Country China
Year 2002
Running Time 35'
Genre Documentary
Premier Status World Premiere
China is in the turmoul of change, but Chinese mine workers in "The Eighth Mine:Bakuang" do not seem to be part of the change. Their life in a remote mine willage in Shanxi Province has not been greatly affected by the change and it will continue to be unaffected. One thing that means something to them, who have to work all day long in coal dust, is bath, so the camera shows them taking a bath for a quite long time. Watching their strong bodies with no flab due to hard labor makes the viewer fell pious and sacred as if they were watching disciplinants who have long practiced asceticism. The film is neither too emotional nor too rational. It received Joris lvens Award, an award for best documentary given in honor of the master of documentary, joris lvens. That may be the reason the film is similar to lven's film "Song of Rivers", which describes diverse aspects of labor taking place in several rivers in the world, in the way it deals with the subject. (Lee Eun-ju)
PENG Jiansheng