“In Search of the Blue Heart” (En Busca de Corazón Azul) - Amelia Deschamps (2024)

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Daniel seeks to make this last larimar extraction to retire.
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Synopsis

Daniel, father of eleven children, dives every day into the dangerous and rustic tunnels of the “Los Chupaderos” mine in Barahona, in search of LARIMAR, a “sea-blue” colored semi-precious stone exclusive to this mountain in the Dominican Republic.Following a community tradition, Daniel and his companions descend through the holes that they themselves dig little by little, in an artisanal way, with few or almost no safety mechanisms. Defying luck and even death in search of the desired stone.For Daniel, this is his last chance. After 32 years working as a hill chopper, Daniel seeks to make this last extraction to retire.Blue Heart premiered at DOC NYC in New York (the largest documentary film festival in USA) and has won several awards, including “Best Short Documentary” at the Fine Arts Film Festival “Made in DR” and at the Florence Film Awards.

Director Statement

This is a story about the people: the miners.Through Daniel's life, “In Search of the Blue Heart” explores the lives of LARIMAR miners: how they think, how they act and why. What pushes them to risk their lives going into those deep, unsafe, artisanal tunnels to extract the LARIMAR?This beautiful semi-precious blue stone that is known as the National Stone of the Dominican Republic is still extracted in an artisanal, rudimentary, and dangerous way.The miners submerge little by little into deep tunnels that they dig in a rustic way towards the depth of a mountain, in a rural community of Barahona, to extract this stone that is exclusive to this place.Around the LARIMAR mine has been woven a whole culture of dreams, aspirations, optimism and hopes of many families who fight to achieve a better life using the tools that surround them. Dreams that are only possible from self-determination and attitude.Is it worth the risk?

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The interior of the LARIMAR mine needs intervention and more attention from the Government, NOW

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“My main concern is inside the larimar mine. It is risky. It is dangerous” and the authorities must act now.

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Minister of Mines of the DR: “It´s imminent that this year investment decisions must be taken to reinforce the internal security in the Larimar mine”.

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MEETING WITH THE MINING CABINET TO TALK ABOUT LARIMAR, PRESENT MY DOCUMENTARY AND DISCUSS THE CONDITIONS OF THE MINE.

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The European Union screens the documentary “In Search of the Blue Heart”.

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Credits

Director and producer:Amelia DeschampsFeaturing:Daniel QuezadaDP:Amelia DeschampsCamera assistant and associate producer:Freddy OgandoField producer:Benjamín BatistaDrone:Ángel Rodríguez y Everst CuevasScript:Amelia DeschampsEditor:Amelia DeschampsMusic:Original Music: Edgar Molina, percusionista.Library Music:“Savage” by ANBR. Adrián Berenguer.“Ambush (Suspense music)” by NightWolfCFM. Licensed under CC BY 4.0 at Freesound.orgGraphic Design:Oreana FranchyFeauturing:Rodolfo FelizDania MedinaKebelin FelizRaudy FelizManuel FelizDr.Vinicio Mateo, neumólogo.Luisito GuebaraLuis MarioJeremíasSpecial thanks:Leonela López, Agustín Deschamps y Amín DeschampsBenjamín Batista, Freddy Ogando, Yensi Fernando, Domingo Abréu e Ico AbréuAbinadab Alberto, Gary Merson, Graciano Gaillard y Teresa HidalgoDaniel Quezada y Rodolfo FelizNYFA Andrea SwiftBob EisenhardtEddy RosensteinClaudia RaschkeAmanda BrzezowskiAnd all my NYFA teachers.All the miners from “Los Chupaderos” mine (Larimar)Cooperativa de Producción y Trabajo, Las Filipinas, Pte. Juan Francisco FelizAsociación Nuestra Sra. de las Mercedes (Félix Minier)Dirección General de MineríaRolando Muñoz y Uladislao LoraMuseo del Larimar: Jorge Caridad and Joarla CaridadMy classmates: NYFA Spring 2021Oreana FranchyEllen GabrielCharnell BlizzardIna PetersMuna ChungJohn NybergGustavo BallesterosLissa WillsProduced at New York Film Academy – Spring 2021

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