BORINAGE (Joris Ivens, Henri Störck, 1934)

A silent Belgian companion-piece to Ivens’s Dutch New Earth (1933), Borinage, co-directed by Ivens and Henri Störck, also shows capitalism run amok during the 1930s worldwide depression. “Factories are closed, abandoned, and millions of the proletariat go hungry.” Food—coffee, wheat and milk—is destroyed—drowned, burned or spilled—so that lower market prices won’t endanger the profits of […]