Historical reenactment  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Misère au Borinage is a Belgian political documentary film made by Henri Storck and Joris Ivens is a film about the living conditions of the miners in the Belgian coalmining industry of the Borinage. The film was recorded in 1932 and explores the misery of the miners, the savage exploitaton of the workers and the difficult living conditions and ilnesses of the miners, expelled from their homes if they couldn't afford the rent.

Henri Storck recamms: " We stopped thinking about cinema and how to frame shots and instead bacame dominated by the irrepressible need to produce images as stark, bare, and sincere as possible to fit the cruel facts reality had thrown at us."

Ivens used the method of re-enactment to incorporate the miners' strike of 1932 in the film.

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