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Workingman's Death2005

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  • 4.2
WORKINGMAN'S DEATH is an unflinching portrait of the state of manual labor in the 21st century. 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. Today’s manual laborers are no longer celebrated with hymns of praise. WORKINGMAN'S DEATH provides a rare glimpse into the harsh treatment faced by manual laborers working half a world away.

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Everyone should watch this film, especially if you complain about your job.

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Everyone should watch this film, especially if you complain about your job.

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These people are working themselves to death. Glawogger is a pioneer of documentary cinema. Nobody sitting around in chairs talking in his films. For his take on working women, watch WHORE'S GLORY.

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A stunning look into the work day lives of a few brave and or desperate laborers. The photographer had to be as brave, the camera work was up front and very personal..One scene in particular, a shot taken in a 18" high vein of coal whch was 50ft. into a mountian side. As the men chiped out the flakey coal they prayed the tiny space wouldn't cave in..A must see film !!

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What an amazing documentary. Nigeria in particular was truly hell on earth. How any humans could be accustomed to this level of filth and chaos is beyond me.

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Speachless

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could have been half the length and just as effective. the john zorn score was ... idiotic. still it's worthwhile to get a glimpse of the people we tread upon.

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I'll never eat meat again!

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There is a saying: "Life is empty and meaningless and it is meaningles that it is empty and meaningless." Perhaps, another way of putting it could be to substiute the term "organic" for the term "life". Meanwhile, we all pray.

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An amazing documentary in several ways. It shows us workplaces and work routines that most of us probably never saw portrayed, or could even imagine (except in nightmares). How these scenes could even be shot is also a wonder. At a screening in May 2012 at Pacific Film Archive, Glawogger was present and was asked how the amazing camera work was accomplished. He resolved one mystery (at least somewhat) by revealing that the Indonesian sulphur carriers were recorded from a steadicam. Even so, the camera work is stupendous. Some of the scenes in Nigeria are so gruesome that some viewers feel a need to close their eyes AND ears. Be forewarned. Yet Glawogger described those scenes as "beautiful". You'll have to judge.

One of the best documentary I've ever seen.

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Pretty cool, straight forward videography that tells a great story without the need for much dialogue, very well done.