Scene from ‘Kids of the coal mine’, a documentary by Patric Jean. If you are interested in the full high resolution version please visit:
Winner of the IDFA Silver Wolf award in 1999, this extraordinary film explores the social consequences of prolonged economic underdevelopment. The film’s place of action is The Borinage, a district in the Belgian Hainaut province that had been a mining area for centuries. The filmmaker Patric Jean, who was born here, shows a region that reminds us of the Great depression years in the 1930’s. The film is of particular interest because it unravels the social fabric of a peoples struck down by unemployement, without any prospect and lacking the fighting spirit to change their deplorable living conditions.