KAWAH IJEN, THE MYSTERY OF THE BLUE FLAMES

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  • DIRECTOR : Olivier Grunewald & Régis Etienne
  • PRODUCER : Camera Lucida / Ushuaïa/ France O
  • DATE : 2014
  • FORMAT : One off, 16/9, HD
  • DURATION : 1x52'
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SYNOPSIS

Kawah Ijen volcano, in East Java, Indonesia , is home to the largest acid crater lake on Earth. Photographer Olivier Grunewald and Vulcanologist Regis Etienne spend 30 nights in the crater amid extremely corrosive gases to capture other-worldy photos lit by moonlight, torches, and the blue flames of burning molten sulfur. A unique volcanic event, utterly spectacular. In this unreal world, steeped in darkness local miners also face the night to retrieve and collect heavy chunks of pure sulfur to carry back to a weighing station to earn their share out of this acid-gold-rush.

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