Workingman’s Death follows the trail of the HEROES in the illegal mines of the Ukraine, sniffs out GHOSTS among the sulfur workers in Indonesia, finds itself face to face with LIONS at a slaughterhouse in Nigeria, mingles with BROTHERS as they cut a huge oil tanker into pieces in Pakistan…
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Disturbing for all the wrong reasons. Well intentioned...but exploitive. I'm not sure where Glawogger is truly coming from, what he(or a lot of other documentary filmmakers) now want to achieve...I think imaginary, creative films that combat or depict WHY we live this way would be more beneficial. We need protest art. Not poverty or suffering porn.
Glawogger's masterpiece is this incredible document on labour, the effect of globalization and what man must do to just survive. 5 aptly named chapters examine extreme situations in Ukraine, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan and China. The film is both awe inspiring and nausea inducing at times; but Glawogger's silent observation is masterful. Aided by rich cinematography and a perfect score by John Zorn.