Michael Glawogger

Workingman’s Death

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CountryAustria
Date2005
Medium/Dimensions122'
CreditsCourtesy of Paul Thiltges Distributions
VenueFilm Lounge

We have been told that we increasingly labour with our minds rather than our bodies. Michael Glawogger’s epic and visually compelling documentary tells a different story, one where body and mind become enmeshed in the everyday struggle to remain alive, both by securing work and by managing to avoid death at work. Workingman’s Death is part of Glawogger’s extraordinary trilogy on how people work around the world and an in-depth investigation into the inescapable biopolitical and embodied dimension of labour. As The New York Times put it: ‘is this for real, and is it ok to like it?’