The Best in Contemporary World Cinema
Directed by Michael Glawogger
Austria/Germany 2005, 120min
Awards and Nominations
WORKINGMAN'S DEATH awarded in
WORKINGMAN'S DEATH was awarded
the BEST DOCUMENTARY prize at the 27th Durban International
“Astonishingly powerful documentary about really, really hard work.”
“Hard manual labor is visible, explainable, portrayable. This is why I often think of it as the only real work,” comments Michael Glawogger, the director of Workingman’s Death. Glawogger follows six groups of laborers from the coalmines of Ukraine to Chinese steel factories ending in Germany, where the Dulsburg-Meldrich smelting works are being turned into a leisure park. As sparks fly and smoke billows, Workingman’s Death asks whether the death of hard labor has come, or ever will, in the light of the technology the world has at its disposal.
Director Bio: Michael Glawogger
Born in Graz, Austria, in 1959, Michael Glawogger is a traveling filmmaker. Not only does he literally journey around the world for his documentaries, but he also moves back and forth between forms and genres; between photography and writing; and between gentler and more forceful tones. He graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute and the Vienna Film Academy and has worked as a director, writer, and cinematographer in Vienna, Bangkok, and Znojmo. In the near future he plans to shoot films in Poland and Bangladesh.
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