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14th DMZ Docs(2022)

I AM DOCU



A Crack in the Mountain

Alastair EVANS

  • Hong Kong
  • 2022
  • 100min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • color

AP

Synopsis

Hang Sơn Đoòng was found in the deep jungle of central Vietnam. In this world's largest underground cave, there is a landscape and ecology as wonderful as its size. In 2014, when the Vietnamese government announced plans to install a cable car in the cave, it became the center of huge controversy. From the demand for environmental protection to the expectation that development will provide an opportunity to break free from poverty, the film follows the conflicts surrounding Hang Sơn Đoòng.

Review

Known as the largest cave in the world, Vietnam's Hang Son Doong is as amazing as its size and as mysterious as a landscape we have never seen before. Since this cave has been maintained in a sublime state for a long time, it seems that it is our duty to enjoy it with the eyes. Therefore, it is not unusual to criticize the Vietnamese government's plan to install a cable car and develop it into a tourist destination. But is that really the case? Who are those who insist that the cave should be preserved? Are those who insist it aware of the poverty of the indigenous people around Hang Son Doong? Do they know that the indigenous people's expectations for tourism revenue stemmed from their desire to pass on a better life to their descendants, not their pursuit of wealth? The film shows that various expectations related to the superb view of nature were formed based on different economic and social backgrounds. Do we not force anyone to make sacrifices in the name of reasonableness? Is there something reasonable for everyone?

Director

  • Alastair EVANS

    Producer, Director living in Tokyo. A Crack In The Mountain is his first feature film and was awarded “Best International Documentary” at the 2022 Sedona International Film Festival.​ 

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