Film - In the Underground

Location: Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh (Map it)

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(Song Zhantao, 2015, China, digital, 91 min.)


An observational portrait of Chinese workers deep inside the subterranean darkness of a coalmine, In the Underground creates a space for the viewer to experience the workaday stresses of life both above and below the earth’s surface. Events seem to unfold naturally as the film’s immersive cinematography and score underscore the claustrophobic and dire working conditions inside the mine. Above ground, the miners struggle to balance family life and values with the very real economic demands that keep them returning to the coal mine. In the Underground is a quiet, yet extremely powerful look at the very personal toll of industrialization on a small community. Winner of the Silver Hugo award for best documentary at the 2015 Chicago International Film Festival.

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FREE for Northwestern University faculty, staff and students with valid WildCARD
students from other schools with valid college/university ID $4.00 for seniors 60 and older $6.00 for the general public $20.00 for a quarterly pass