Workingman's Death (2005)
Austrian director Michael Glawogger travels to five countries to focus on some of the worst jobs imaginable: Ukrainian miners crawl into tiny cracks in old coal pits to scratch out a few bags of winter fuel; Indonesian workers trudge long distances carrying baskets with hundreds of pounds of sulfur chunks extracted from a steaming mountain; Pakistanis risk explosions and burial under tons of scrap iron as they dismantle huge carrier ships.
The visuals are everything here. Despite the hardships depicted, many sequences have a dreamlike beauty. In addition, the director has a bone-dry sense of irony; during the Ukraine scenes, he frequently cuts away to a statue of Stakhanov, the "hero" lauded by the Soviets for his superhuman work habits. He also shows us an old German smelting works that's been converted into a theme park. -- Walter Addiego
Part 1: HEROES (Miners of Donets Basin, Ukraine)
- Directed and Written by Michael Glawogger
- No narration
- Music by John Zorn
- Winner of 5 international awards
- Multi-language, 122 minutes, includes director's commentary, 2005
An unflinching portrait of physical work in the 21st century, 'Heroes' looks at illegal miners in Ukraine who spend long days crawling through cramped shafts of exhausted coal mines to dig out a living for themselves.
Part 2: GHOSTS (Sulfur carriers in Ijen, Indonesia)
In this episode visit east Java in Indonesia where men climb steep paths amid pungent vapors to bring back lumps of sulfur from the mouth of a volcano.
Part 3: LIONS (Butchers in an open-air market in Port Harcourt, Nigeria)
A glimpse inside the bloody and frenetic activity of the Port Harcourt meat market in Nigeria.
Part 4: BROTHERS (Welders in the Gadani ship-breaking yard, Pakistan)
Pakistani men use little more than their bare hands and acetylene torches to dismantle an abandoned oil tanker for scrap metal.
Part 5: THE FUTURE (Steel workers in Liaoning, China)
Steel workers toil at ancient blast furnaces trying desperately to honor their national heritage.
Part 6: EPILOGUE (Youths in Landschaftspark, Duisburg-Nord, Germany)
An old steel factory turned into an amusement park where teenagers make out on the spot where men once fell to their deaths.
Video Codec: x264
Video Bitrate: 1432 Kbps
Video Aspect Ratio: Displayed 1.9:1
Video Resolution: 700x404 (anamorphic)
Video Qf: 0.202 b/pf
Video Framerate: 25FPS
Audio1 Codec: AAC
Audio1 Bitrate: 192 Kbps @ 48KHz
Audio1 Channels: 6
Audio1 Language: Multi-Language
Audio2 Codec: Lame mp3
Audio2 Bitrate: 96 Kbps @ 32KHz ABR
Audio2 Channels: 2
Audio2 Language: English (Director's Commentary)
Run-Time: 122 minutes
Number of Parts: 1
Part Size: 1491 MB (1/3 DVDR)
Encoded by: PolarBear
This encode is from a DVD9 source and replaces the encode from a lower quality DVD5 source. Director's commentary is included in the audio tracks.
Embedded subtitles are English, Italian, Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Chinese, Russian, Danish, Estonian, Lithuanian, Turkish and Polish.
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