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Workingman's Death (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 25 November 2005 (Austria)
A documentary on the extremes to which workers will go to earn a living.

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Michael Glawogger

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A documentary on the extremes to which workers will go to earn a living.

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Austria | Germany | Indonesia | France

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25 November 2005 (Austria) See more »

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A Morte do Homem Trabalhador See more »

Filming Locations:

Anshan, Liaoning, China See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,214, 26 February 2006, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital EX

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1.85 : 1
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An important film
21 September 2005 | by LeRoyMarkoSee all my reviews

Very good documentary about the working conditions of five groups of workers. Even though it's the twenty-first century, the director wants us to know that a lot of workers across the world have not benefited from the advancement in technology. First, we're off to Ukraine to learn about the work of some coal miners. Their work conditions are just unbelievable. Then, the director brings us to Indonesia to show us the hard work done by the sulfur miners (I didn't know nothing about this line of work). We are then transported to Pakistan, where we are shown the work of ship-breakers. Again, I was unaware that ship "cemetaries" of this sort still existed today. The open slaughterhouse of a Nigerian city is next. Animal activists beware: don't watch! I was just fascinated by the chaos that seems to reign in that place. Finally, we are shown the working conditions in the steel industry of China.

All those segments are presented without real context. There's no narration. But it's easy to follow, to get the point. And the images say a thousand words. Beautiful cinematography and very good camera movement. Some times, the camera moves with the subject, Some times, subject and camera are not moving. It's like a photo shot. One thing is for sure, you always feel like you're in the middle of the action. Even though, you see the despair, you can also see hope in what most of these workers say. Watch it. It's a great eye-opener.

Seen at the Toronto International Film Festival (at the Cumberland Cinemas), on September 17th, 2005.

87/100 (***½)


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