Bosnia and Herzegovina, Japan
Chinese Mainland Premiere
“Aragane” is a Japanese word for small pieces of coal or stone excavated from a mine. The mine that I filmed in Bosnian bears this name. I found the mine – which is the topic of my film – while scouting for a location for another film I was about to make. What attracted me first about this accidental discovery were the place and the people themselves, their work and their physical effort. I was impressed by the sheer amount of physical labour done under the ground in eight-hour shifts under harsh circumstances every day without any sunlight.