From all the silver won from the mines of Cerro Rico (rich hill), a bridge can be built from there to Madrid, people in Bolivia claim. Life in the mining village of Potosí has hardly changed for decades, but now that the metals and minerals are almost exhausted and Lonely Planet and its hordes of tourists have discovered the mine, the natives are faced with serious changes. These are perceptible in the Montes family. Senior is still slaving in the mine, in the traditional way with a hammer, chisel, dynamite and at the risk of his life. Junior attends school and makes money as a guide in the mine. He lets the tourists chew on coca leaves and drink strong, self-distilled alcohol, which the miners use to alleviate the fear and bad working conditions. Ton van Zantvoort, who apart from the direction and photography was also responsible for the research, production and editing, follows father and son at work and at home, without asking questions. This produces unconstrained images of a family that stands with one foot in the past and with the other in the future.
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