El Peso del Oro

In the beginning, a labyrinth. The camera follows through shafts, tunnels in pits. Very close, almost distorted. Only the miners‘ headlamps illuminate part of their reality. Sweat, dirt, scars on their faces, in society, in the landscape. Elements collide with each other. Dirty hands and faces, rough voices. Deep below the mountain, at 40 degrees Celsius, the gold miners open up to the camera and tell about their lives. They do not own any gold themselves. Their wedding rings are made of stainless steel. Their gold chains are made of plastic. Despite all the adversity, the workers are proud of what they do. The danger binds them together like brothers. They divide the gold they find among themselves – others determine the price for it.


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