- 18.3.2013 10:46 -
Backbreaking work is better than no work at all
MASTERCLASS OF MICHAEL GLAWOGGER - Michael Glawogger first established himself as an author of experimental and short films. Subsequently, he started to shoot documentary films from all corners of the globe. His films include, for example, the documentary Working Man's Death that explores the limits of tolerability of physical work through a look at the everyday life of workers labouring in extremely difficult conditions.
WORKING MAN'S DEATH - Today's manual laborers are no longer celebrated with hymns of praise. They must be content with encouraging one another that backbreaking work is better than no work at all... In the Ukraine, a group of men spend long days crawling through cramped shafts of illegal coal mines. Sulfur gatherers in Indonesia brave the smoky heat of an active volcano and the treacherous trip back down. Blood, fire and stench are routine for workers at a crowded open-air slaughterhouse in Nigeria. Pakistani men use little more than their bare hands to dismantle an abandoned oil tanker for scrap metal. Steelworkers in China fear they could be a dying breed...