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Films // Coming up // A Crack in The Mountain (12A)
5 July
Wednesday
7:30pm

A Crack in The Mountain (12A)

Dir. Alastair Evans | 2023 | 115 mins | Hong Kong | English/Vietnamese Language

A Crack In The Mountain is a feature length documentary film which tells the story of the world’s largest cave.

Hang Son Doong which translates as “mountain river cave”, is located in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh Province in Vietnam. The national park is also a UNESCO world heritage site.

First found in 1990 by a local farmer, it wasn’t explored until 2009 when a British expedition team rigged ropes and descended down.

Many people have described Son Doong as a lost world. It has its own lake, jungle and even a unique weather system.

In 2014 plans were announced to build a cable car into Son Doong.

With many arguing that this would destroy the cave’s delicate eco-system and the local community divided over the benefits this development would bring, the film follows those caught up in the unfolding events.

The documentary also uses the narrative as a lens through which to investigate related themes such as the challenges of modern day exploration, environmental conservation & sustainability, and the perils of operating as an activist in a country such as Vietnam where freedom of speech is severely curtailed.

A Crack in The Mountain (12A)

Wednesday 5th July, 7.30pm

Tickets: £7.50/£6/£5.50

A £1 Poly Fund payment is added to each ticket sold.

 

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