Past screening

A Crack in the Mountain

Directed by: Alastair Evans
Runtime: 1h 40min Certificate: 12A
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Directed by: Alastair Evans
Runtime: 1h 40min Certificate: 12A
Topics: Environment, Sociopolitical
Last Screened: Thu 29th Jun 2023

First found in 1990, Hang Sơn Đoòng in Vietnam is the world's largest cave passage, and a place of spectacular beauty. It is so large it contains a lake, jungle and even a unique weather system.

A natural phenomenon of this magnitude has the potential to bring visitors from all over the world to an impoverished province, and in 2014, plans were announced to build a cable car into Sơn Đoòng.

With many arguing that this would destroy the cave’s delicate eco-system and the local community divided over the benefits a huge influx of tourism like this would bring, A Crack in the Mountain digs into the conflicting pulls of the fight to develop and the fight to save Sơn Đoòng.

Far more than just a nature documentary about the other-worldly, colossal cave system, this multifaceted film explores development, conservation, paternalism and activism in a country where freedom of speech is already curtailed.


Thu 29 June, 8pm – this screening will be followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with Director Alastair Evans and Yasmin Dahnoun (journalist with The Ecologist).