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Workingman´s Death

International title Workingman´s Death
Country Austria, Alemania
Year 2005
Running time 122
Director Michael Glawogger
Screenplay Michael Glawogger
Film Editing Monica Willi, Ilse Buchelt
Photography Wolfgang Thaler
Music John Zorn
Producer Lotus Film Johnstrasse
Distribution Company Austrian Film Commission E.
Synopsis Ukrainian miners in Dobass, yesterday heroic soviet stakhanovists and today illegal workers crawling in search of coal along shafts about to collapse. In Indonesia, some other miners break their backs carrying baskets of sulphur, sometimes under the flashes of the tourists. Port Harcourt, Nigeria, the skinners get drenched in blood everyday to make their living with some dignity. In China, the steel industry is in severe risk of death, just as shipbreakers in Pakistan, who walk the tightrope cutting huge oil tankers into pieces. If only it was true there are jobs to remember, this documentary denouncing the most dangerous jobs at the turn of the century would not have been possible.
Director bio Born in 1959 in Graz (Austria), Michael Glawogger studied first at the San Francisco Art Institute, then from 1983 to 1989 at the Film Academy in Vienna. Since then he has worked as a director, scriptwriter and director of photography. He directed several short films before directing his first feature, Die AmeisenstraàŸe (The Ant Street). His documentary Megacities was awarded the Prize for Best Documentary at the Vienna Film Festival in 1998; in 1999 it became the first Austrian film ever to be screened at Sundance Film Festival. In 2002 he shot one of the chapters of Zur Lage: à–sterreich in sechs Kapiteln (State of the Nation: Austria in six chapters), screened at Gijón Film Festival as part of the retrospective on the works of his compatriot Ulrich Seidl. Michael Glawogger is currently working on the postproduction of his next film, Slumming.