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Documentary filmmaker Zhao Liang shines a spotlight on the ugly face of China's industrial boom, focusing on the plight of the people of Inner Mongolia, where iron works and coal mines have irrevocably scarred the landscape. In the east, cameras capture striking images of a previously lush and verdant landscape now reduced to rubble while in the west, men toil for long hours in sweltering temperatures to pour molten metal. The medical repercussions for workers are sobering: they can develop respiratory problems, the heat can burn their insides and a viscous black liquid gradually builds up in their lungs. Liang pulls no punches in his depiction of a workforce, which silently carries out exhausting and perilous hard labour for scant rewards.