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The Miners' Hymns 2010

The ill-fated coal mining communities in North East England are the subject of this inspired documentary by multi-media artist Bill Morrison. Their story is told entirely without words, yet the film is far from silent: it features a remarkable original score by the Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.

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As I can acknowledge the beautiful cinematography throughout the film, I still fail relating to it.
Maybe I'm just too far away (both in time and feeling) from what the folks there went through, with the miners 84-85 strike.

Not that I'm unable to empathize, but it'd possibly have been more meaningful if I was more connected to the events - the deal is, the movie failed to connect me.

Jóhann Jóhannsson's soundtrack, though, is a gem.
I can and I will experience that again. I can't say the same for the movie.

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