Shipbreakers

Directed by Paul Goodman, Ralph Vituccio & Tom Clancey | USA/India | 2013 | 57 min.

Friday, March 21 | 7:15pm | McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center
5000 Forbes Avenue


CMU Opening Night Event!

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Event Includes: A panel discussion featuring Director Ralph Vituccio, Pittsburgh Post- Gazette Assistant Managing Editor Mark Roth, and University of Pittsburgh Political Science Professor Michael Goodhart will be moderated by Roger Rouse, professor of Global Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Plus CMU Opening Night Reception featuring delicious food from Pittsburgh's best Indian restaurant, Coriander India Grill!
Presented in Conjunction with: The Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University.
Co-Sponsored by: Coriander India Grill

"We originally wanted to make a film on the process of shipbreaking only, but we soon realized that we could not ignore the human rights and the environmental issues." —Directors Ralph Vituccio and Tom Clancey

Shipbreakers immerses us into a trade brutally tedious yet widely unknown. At an industrial port in India, laborers of different regions, dialects and religions come together to work and dwell amongst chaotic conditions—all in the name of making a living. Dynamic teamwork plays a crucial role in the success of any day at the shipbreaking yard. Amongst extreme heat, toxic waste, pollution, loud noise, poor sanitation and a constant threat of falling metal, underpaid laborers still maintain a unique air of optimism. Cutting apart a ship is "like an art," one worker claims, and artistry extends to the filmmakers' unique aesthetic approach to urban decay—natural lighting renders even massive piles of rubble as visually stunning. The camera meditates on sunsets, low tides, and beautifully polluted pink horizons, but such picturesque appeal does not distract from critical questions surrounding globalization and exploitative labor. Produced by and dedicated to the legendary Paul Goodman, Shipbreakers is as artistic as it is eye opening.

Awards


- Nominated for the Best Feature Documentary Award at the Madrid International Film Festival
- Nominated for the Best Producer of a Documentary Film Award the Madrid International Film Festival
- Official Selection at the 2014 Palm Beach International Film Festival
- Official Selection at the 2014 Lucerne International Film Festival

Director


Ralph Vituccio
Ralph Vituccio is the Director of Media Development in Communications Design and an instructor in the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, where he teaches film and video production. He has developed, written, and produced numerous award-winning films, videos, CD-ROMs, DVD-ROMs, websites, and multimedia projects. Vituccio's documentary, PERFORMANCE: The Living Art, received an Artist Distinction Award at the 1990 Berlin International Film Festival and has aired nationally on several PBS stations and internationally in several countries.

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