Jharia, a Life in hell

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Jharia, une vie en enfer

Jharia, a Life in hell

by Jean Dubrel & Tiane Doan Na Champassak



Jharia, une vie en enfer

Director: Jean Dubrel & Tiane Doan Na Champassak

Cinematographer: Tiane Doan Na Champassak

Editing: Amélie Degouys, Penda Houzangbe

Sound: Jean Dubrel, Teddy Degouys

Music: Jean Dubrel, Teddy Degouys

Production: Ekla Production

Ekla Production
Cap Voltaire, 12/20 rue Voltaire
93100 Montreuil
Tel: 00 33 1 48 70 47 00
Mail: ekla@ekla-prod.com

Year: 2014

HD, Color, 52 mn, OV Hindi with French subtitles


In the North-East part of India, the mining town of Jharia has one of the largest coal deposits in the country. For about a century, the mines are ravaged by devastating fires which get out of control. From a seam to another, the flames erode the ground, burst out from the earth and spread thick toxic smokes all over the area. In the villages close-by, the ground subsides, walls crack and houses collapse. For the inhabitants, coal which once was their wealth has become a malediction. In view of this catastrophe, the government is concerned to provide the mining with main services and decides a policy of vast evacuation. More than 500 000 persons are affected. 

This film is a portrait of a place, where cohabitation between man and his environment has become a problem. A place where men and women are at the mercy of forces beyond their means: the forces of nature and the forces of men exploiting it.

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