To the Light
American Museum of Natural History, Manhattan
$12 in advance
The father of two, Luo originally became a coal miner to pay off the fine for violating China’s One Child Policy. Young Hui, son of another miner, prefers to be coal-train driver than take work far from home. For many families, coal mining has become a principal source of income and the only alternative to factory jobs in distant cities. But the mines are notoriously dangerous and, every year, claim an estimated 5,000 lives. Taking his camera deep underground, Yuanchen Liu exposes the perils faced by these miners, the slim rewards, and dire consequences when things go wrong. In spite of the risks, the working poor continue to flock to the mines, unable to heed the warning that earning a living wage may also mean dying for it.