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Behemoth (2015)

95 min - Documentary - 11 November 2015
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Under the sun, the heavenly beauty of grasslands will soon be covered by the raging dust of mines. Facing the ashes and noises caused by heavy mining , the herdsmen have no choice but to leave as the meadow areas dwindle. In the moonlight, iron mines are brightly lit throughout the night. Workers who operate the drilling machines must stay awake. The fight is tortuous, against the machine and against themselves. Meanwhile, coal miners are busy filling trucks with coals. Wearing a coal-dust mask, they become ghostlike creatures. An endless line of trucks will transport all the coals and iron ores to the iron works. There traps another crowd of souls, being baked in hell. In the hospital, time hangs heavy on miners' hands. After decades of breathing coal dust, death is just around the corner. They are living the reality of purgatory, but there will be no paradise.

Director:  Zhao Liang
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Under the sun, the heavenly beauty of grasslands will soon be covered by the raging dust of mines. Facing the ashes and noises caused by heavy mining , the herdsmen have no choice but to leave as the meadow areas dwindle. In the moonlight, iron mines are brightly lit throughout the night. Workers who operate the drilling machines must stay awake. The fight is tortuous, against the machine and against themselves. Meanwhile, coal miners are busy filling trucks with coals. Wearing a coal-dust mask, they become ghostlike creatures. An endless line of trucks will transport all the coals and iron ores to the iron works. There traps another crowd of souls, being baked in hell. In the hospital, time hangs heavy on miners' hands. After decades of breathing coal dust, death is just around the corner. They are living the reality of purgatory, but there will be no paradise.


Collections: Zhao Liang

Genres: Documentary

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Country:   China France
Language:  普通话
Release Date:  11 November 2015

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Runtime:  1 h 35 min

Under the sun, the heavenly beauty of grasslands will soon be covered by the raging dust of mines.

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Behemoth (悲兮魔兽; bēixī móshòu) is a Chinese documentary film directed by Zhao Liang about the environmental, sociological, and public health effects of coal-mining in China and Inner Mongolia.

Loosely based on Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, Liang’s documentary has been lauded for its surreal cinematography and poignant imagery.

The film was released in competition on September 11, 2015 at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.

Regarding the ban in China, the director explained that “even though environmental protection is a national policy, but the regional government quite disliked this type of film (虽然环保是国家政策,但是地方政府对这种电影很反感)”.

This was not Liang’s first banned film, as his 2009 documentary Petition was also subjected to government censorship.[wikipedia]