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Workingman’s Death


With Michael Glawogger in person

Dir. Michael Glawogger. 2005, 122 mins. Glawogger’s revelatory, globe-spanning monument to the manual laborer finds—contrary to its title—several instances of backbreaking, downright hazardous work still performed at the dawn of the 21st century. The film’s subjects include miners who illegally brave the abandoned coal pits of the Ukraine, sulfur haulers on an active volcano in East Java, butchers in a Boschian open-air slaughterhouse in Nigeria, shipbreakers dismantling an oil tanker on the Arabian coast of Pakistan, and steelworkers in rapidly modernizing Anshan, China.

Preceded by:


1987, 3 mins.

Free with Museum admission.