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Working Man's Death

Michael Glawogger / Austria - Germany / 2005 / 122 ' / Pashto - Yoruba - German - Russian - Chinese - Indonesian / S.T. English - German


Mona Willi
Wolfgang Thaler
Pepo Wirthensohn, Erich Lackner & Mirjam Quinte
Creative consultant: Pepe DANQUART
Steadicam: Tilman BÜTTNER
Sound engineers: Paul OBERLE
Sound engineers: Ekkehart BAUMUNG

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Awards & Festivals

2005: Copenhagen International Dokumentar Film festival- CPH:DOX award for best feature documentary
British Film Institute- Grierson for best full length feature documentary European Film Awards- nominated for best documentary
eipzig International Film Festival- FIPRESCI-Jury Prize GIJON- Special Jury Prize Diagonale
Austria- Best Documentary Film Camera Work FICCO
Mexico Contemporary Film Fest- Best Documentary 2006: Yerevan International Film Festival- Golden Apricot for Best Documentary
2007: Director's Guild of America nomination for "Outstanding Directoral Achievement"
2007: Director's Guild of America nomination for "Outstanding Directoral Achievement"

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The extremes of survival for workers in the 21st century.


The new film from the director of Megacities: 12 Stories of Survival. 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... Five portraits of heavy manual labor, increasingly less visible in our technological 21st Century.


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