Coal Heap Kids

A moving film on the loss of childhood innocence and coming of age in a deprived European community. Fifteen year old Loïc and his ten year old brother, Théo, live in the French former mining town of Lens. Surrounded by poverty and unemployment, Loïc, has stopped going to school. While his teachers try to encourage him, his mother, Patricia, struggles to hold the family together. A reflection on the devastating effects of poverty and finding hope in the most unlikely of places.


  • Year: 2017
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: Chasseur d'étoiles
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France


  • Japan Prize Best Documentary in Youth Category and Japan Prize Grand Prix (Japan Prize 2017, Tokyo, JAPAN); FIPA 2017 (France); FIGRA 2017 (France); DOK Leipzig (Leipzig, Germany); CineDoc Tbilisi 2018 (Georgia); DocuDays UA International Human Rights Film Festival 2018 (Ukraine).

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