Director: Zhao Liang
90 min. 2015.
Hanes Auditorium, Duke Central Campus
An exquisite visual film, “Behemoth“ opens with a mining explosion and closes with a ghost city. The 84 minutes in between are a wordless exploration of what connects the two — the environmental tragedy that has mirrored China’s economic miracle. Shot over several years in the Chinese provinces of Inner Mongolia and Shaanxi, “Behemoth” bears witness to grasslands swallowed by mines, lungs caked with coal dust and skies shrouded in smog.