Kief Davidson
Director/Producer /Editor

Kief Davidson is an award-winning feature film and documentary director born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His most recent film, “The Devil’s Miner”, world premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival in 2005 and won over a dozen awards at film festivals, including Tribeca, Hot Docs, Chicago International, Woodstock, Jerusalem, and Mexico City. He also received the prestigious DGA Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Directing. The film has screened in over 125 cinemas in nine European countries and the United States. He is currently directing a feature length documentary about Ugandan child soldier turned Boxing Champion of the World, Kassim Ouma.

Kief has directed and produced documentaries for The Discovery Channel, ABC News, PBS, ARTE and A&E. As a narrative filmmaker, Kief wrote and directed the dark comedy, "Minor Details", an independent feature film starring Peter Sarsgaard and Larry Pine. He began his filmmaking career in 1993 as editor on the Academy Award nominated documentary, "Blood Ties: The Life and Work of Sally Mann." He is the recipient of two Emmy nominations for his work with National Geographic and earned
the International Monitor Award for Best Editing on the journalistic film, "What's News?". Kief currently divides his time between Los Angeles and New York City.

Richard Ladkani

Richard Ladkan’s award-winning skills as director and cameraman have produced documentaries on topics ranging from wildlife in “Encounters With the Great White Shark, to political films like “Escape Over The Himalayas” a film about Tibetan refugee children that won 15 international awards. Richard has as a cinematographer on big budget historical documentaries involving large-scale reenactments as well as character driven personal stories shot on location in Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Mongolia. A 20-part series titled “Monasteries of the Danube River” earned him the Austrian cinematography award for best picture. Richard prefers to be the cinematographer on the films he directs as often as possible. The Devil’s Miner is his first feature length documentary as a director.

Production Credits

Produced and Directed By
Kief Davidson
Richard Ladkani

The Miners of Cerro Rico
Basilio Vargas
Bernardino Vargas
Vanessa Vargas
Manuela Altica Vargas
Braulio Jancko
Padre Jesus
Saturnino Ortega
Richard Ladkani

Kief Davidson

Music By
Leonardo Heiblum and Andrés Solis

Second Unit Camera And Sound
Tobias Corts

Co-Producer – Germany
Werner Vennewald

Co-Producer – Spain
Carles Brugueras and Bettina Walter

Location Management
Raul Mamani

Production Managers
Anita Ragette
Kathleen Davidson

Production Coordinator
Sabine Koziol

Production Assistants
Alfredo Revilla Fuertes
Obed Mainan Cayo
Oscar Gonzalez
Niki Bier
Evita Rasdeuschek

Post Production Sound Services
Orange Sound – Munich
Gizmo Post – NYC

Sound Design
Sound Editor / mixer - Andy Rudroff
Sound Editor / mixer- Oliver Vorderbruegge
Sound Editor / mixer – David Glaser

Title Design
Christian Krille

Assistant Editor
Jonas Geissler

Camera Rental
Ludwig Kameraverleih – Munich

Video Format Conversions
GRS Systems – NYC

Web Designer
Robert Ladkani

Legal Services
Spinak & Gray

Rul Boeck

Score Musicians
Ernesto Anaya - Guitars, Charango
Tomas Barreiro - Classical Guitar
Emiliano Motta - Flute
Carlos Garcia - Percussion and Flute
Rodrigo Duarte - Cello
Omar Guevara - Violin
Andrés Sanchez – Bass
Ma. Guadalupe Jiménez - Soprano
Gabriela Thierry Palomino - Mezzo
Oscar de la Torre – Tenor
Jorge Cózatl - Baritone
Composed music was produced, recorded
and mixed at Audioflot, Mexico City.

Additional Music By
“Bailando, Bailando” - studio recording
Written and Performed by Inti-Illimani
Courtesy of Int-Illimani, Xenophile and Green Linnet records ©2004
“Amores Hallaras” – studio recording
Written and Performed by Inti-Illimani
Courtesy of Inti-Illimani and Green Linnet records ©2004
“Alturas” – studio recording
Written and Performed by Inti-Illimani
Courtesy of Int-Illimani and Green Linnet records ©2004
“La Casa Del Nandu”
Written and Performed by Inti-Illimani
From the album – Lugares Comunes
Courtesy of Courtesy of Int-Illimani, Xenophile and Green Linnet records ©2003

Help Organizations
CARE International
Kindernothilfe foundation


In association with

With the participation of
Latino Public Broadcasting, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting &
Independent Lens and Televisión Española

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