Roughly 300 miners a day climb two miles up the Kawah Ijen mountain and then descend more than 900 yards in their search for “devil’s gold”

This is one miner’s story of hard work, courage, and suffering all in the name of family. A moving documentary short about the sacrifices made for family by directors Alex Sworik and Daniel Agre. “Devil’s Gold” follows veteran sulfur miner, Selamat, during his daily climb up and down the Kawah Ijen mountain. Traversing the narrow path back and forth into the crater, miners like Selemat carry up to 100 kilograms of sulfuric rock throughout the night in an effort to earn 4-5 times the wages of alternative work like farming or construction. However, with toxic gas spouting from the ground beneath them as they work, the life expectancy of a miner is cut short.


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