(Bei xi mo shou)
China/France, 2015, 91 min.
Directed by
Liang Zhao
coal / environment / mediu @en / mining / natural heritage

Venice Film Festival 2015 – winner of SIGNIS Award / winner of Green Drop Award / nominated for Golden Lion

Stockholm Film Festival 2015 – Best Documentary

Hong Kong International Film Festival 2016 – winner of Golden Firebird Award

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2015 – official selection


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. 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.