It is the end of 2012 and the Burmese government is still in the military conflict with the Kachin Independence Organization. The perennial conflict forced the jade mining business to come to a halt but waves of Burmese workers continued to flood in, disregarding the official order and the potential danger. The hopes that jade could transform their lives made them risk their life. Jade Miners is Midi Z’s first documentary. Unlike his feature films shot in a guerrilla style, this film was a long-term project that took him 14 months to shoot in Myanmar. After this documentary, Midi Z directed a companion piece, City of Jade (2016), a more personal film that explores his elder brother’s struggles as a jade miner.
Mandarin, Yunnan dialect