Hell's Miner of Potosi (2011) documents the world of the miners of Potosi. The film does a good job at showing the inter-connectedness of labor, disease, finance, affect. The dangers are known and discussed (notably lung disease, calcifications, fear of imminent death), but also the hopes and myths that go along with that. There is brief mention of El Tio (left), the Lord of the underworld, a spirit who lives in the mines of Cerro Rico, to whom miners make offerings (cigarettes, coco leaves, etc.). Renaissance miners had similar beliefs and ways of coping with the mountain’s agency. It's a heart-wrenching movie, especially the moments when the camera focuses on a young miner's smile--and the viewer knows that lung disease is not far off.
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