Scene from the film Workingman's Death
Scene from the film Workingman's Death
Scene from the film Workingman's Death
Scene from the film Workingman's Death
Scene from the film Workingman's Death
Scene from the film Workingman's Death
Scene from the film Workingman's Death
Scene from the film Workingman's Death
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Workingman's Death

  • Austria
  • Germany

Today's manual laborers are no longer celebrated with hymns of praise. They must be content with encouraging one another that backbreaking work is better than no work at all...

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...

Five portraits of heavy manual labor, increasingly less visible in our technological 21st Century.

German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Danish, Polish, Lithuanian and Turkish subtitles are available for download only in DVD format.


  • Original Title
    Workingman's Death
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Michael Glawogger
  • Cinematography
    Wolfgang Thaler
  • Editing
    Mona Willi
  • Sound
    Paul Oberle, Ekkehart Baumung
  • Runtime
    122 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Austria
    • Germany
  • Format
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica Venedig
    • Toronto International Film Festival
    • Vancouver International Film Festival
    • Internationales Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm Leipzig
    • Flanders International Film Festival
    • Festival du nouveau cinéma Montreal
    • Viennale
    • Times bfi Film Festival London
    • International Film Festival Sao Paulo
    • Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival
    • Duisburg Filmwoche
    • DokMa Documentaries in Maribor
    • CPH:DOX
    • Kassel Dokumentarfilm- und Videofest
    • Oslo International Film Festival
    • Mailand Filmmaker Film & Video Festival
    • Gijon International Film Festival for Young People
    • Belgrad Human Rights Film Festival
    • Zagreb Human Rights Film Festival
    • Jakarta International Film Festival
    • International Meeting of Cinema and History Istanbul
    • Palm Springs International Film Festival
    • Rotterdam International Film Festival
    • Göteborg Film Festival
    • International Contemporary Film Festival FICCO Mexico City
    • Whitehorse Available Light Film Festival
    • Sofia International Film Festival
    • Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century Thessaloniki
    • Vilnius International Film Festival
    • Trondheim Kosmorama Film Festival
    • Istanbul International Film Festival
    • Hong Kong International Film Festival
    • Ukrainian International Documentary Film Festival „Kontakt“
    • Singapur International Film Festival
    • Boston Independent Film Festival
    • IndieLisboa
    • San Francisco International Film Festival
    • „Open Doek“ Filmfestival Turnhout
    • Jeonju International Film Festival
    • Athens International Film & Video Festival
    • Planete Doc Review – Festival of World Documentary Film Warsaw
    • Transilvania International Film Festival Cluj
    • Sydney Film Festival
    • International Film Festival Durban
    • Sarajevo Human Rights Film Festival
    • Moscow International Film Festival
    • Jerusalem International Film Festival
    • Yerevan International Film Festival „Golden Apricot"
    • Telecom International Film Festival Auckland
    • Message to Man“ International Documentary, Short and Animated Film Festival Sant Petersburg
    • Telecom Film Festival Wellington
    • Melbourne International Film Festival
    • Brisbane International Film Festival
    • Riga International Film Forum „Arsenals“
    • Calgary International Film Festival
    • „Docville“ Documentary Festival
    • („Stranger Than Fiction“ Documentary Film Festival & Market) Dublin
    • Milwaukee International Film Festival
    • Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente Mar Del Plata
    • TEMPO Documentary Festival Stockholm
    • Calcuta Film Festival
    • Chennai International Film Festival
  • Awards
    • "Best Documentary" at the "Filmfestival of Tamil Nadu" and with it its 19th international award
    • "Mejor Documental" by the "Primera Muestra de Cine Sozial", cinestraat 2007
    • Nomination by the DGA – Director’s Guild of America for best documentary 2006
    • "Special Award" at the VI Gdansk Docfilm Festival. " For discovering an ordinary dimension of human existence"
    • "Deutscher Filmpreis" in the category "Best Documentary"
    • MESSAGE TO MAN FESTIVAL, St. Petersburg - Best Documentary Film
    • GOLDENE KADER 2006 in the category of Documentary Feature for Wolfgang Thaler Austrian Association of Cinematographers
    • BEST DOCUMENTARY - 27. DURBAN International Film Festival
    • AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM CAMERA WORK for Wolfgang Thaler - Award for Innovative Production for Lotus Film DIAGONALE 06
    • SEEDS OF WAR AWARD - Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, DURHAM, NC, USA 2006
    • CPH:DOX AWARD 2005 - Best Documentary Film – tied for first place with Werner Herzog's “The White Diamond” in Copenhagen
    • Nominated for the European Film Award 2005
    • TIMES bfi LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2005 GRIERSON AWARD für den besten Dokumentarlangfilm beim London Film Festival
    • Special Jury Prize GIJON 2005
    • FIPRESCI Jury Prize / Leipzig DOK 2005
    • Prix du CICAE,Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d'Art et Essai, Venedig 2005 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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