In 2011, ten thousand people entered Posokoni on a daily basis, the largest tin mine in Bolivia. Antedating concerns and methods found in “Dark Skull” (2016), in his first short film to gain international recognition, the filmmaker proposes a rigorous sound and visual immersion in the muddy environment, in the contrasts between light and shadow, and in the subtleties of mining work. Amid the depths of excavation activities, Russo presents the gestures of humans and machines in a dangerous, claustrophobic, and grueling routine. (G. B.)
Born in La Paz, Kiro Russo has a degree in film direction from the University of Film Studies in Buenos Aires. He directed 4 short films and his debut feature, "Dark Skull" (2016), shot in 16mm, has been selected in over 80 festivals and won 23 awards, including the Special Jury Mention at the Locarno Film Festival in 2016 and the Jury Award at the Valdivia FF. His second feature film, "The Great Movement", won the special jury award at the Venice International Film Festival (2022) and has been screened in several festivals around the world.