Every Pulse of the Heart Is Work

  • United States
  • France
  • India
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Shot primarily in Varanasi, India’s oldest and holiest city, the film’s theme is work, but work understood as devotion. Five years in the making, it consists of meditative portraits of a broad range of laborers, such as a crane operator, a surgeon, a weaver, a priest, a masseur, a tabla drum maker, and so forth. The camera enters into an intimately attentive relation with the subjects and their workplaces: a cremation ground, a hospital, an apartment tower under construction. The streets of the city themselves form an important worksite, where much of the activity takes place: a barber, a beggar, a dentist. The singular portraits of Indian workers build towards a composite vision of society, where each has a place in the tangled web of human endeavor.

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  • Original Title
    Every Pulse of the Heart Is Work
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Paweł Wojtasik
  • Editing
    Paweł Wojtasik
  • Sound
    Ernst Karel
  • Runtime
    86 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United States
    • France
    • India
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Doc Fortnight 2020: MoMA’s Festival of International Nonfiction Film and Media
    • Ji.hlava IDFF

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