Tuesday, January 29, 2013

My Current Obsession: Michael Glawogger's Trilogy on Globalization

A sulfur carrier in Ijen, Indonesia featured in Workingman's Death
The next time you feel compelled to complain about your job, check out Workingman's Death by Michael Glawogger, a film composed of five stories documenting the hazardous working conditions of hard laborers around the world. Part of his trilogy exploring globalization, Workingman's Death is riveting. It's not available on iTunes and  it's not available on Netflix, but it is available on Al Jazeera. Go figure. Go check it out.

Whore's Glory, yet another film in the Glawogger globalization trilogy, is equally riveting. A triptych depicting the intimate realities of prostitution in three different places around the world, I found myself wanting to reach into my screen to pull these women out of their misery. I was inspired by their dignity. I was also touched by the theme song, Where we meet (video link is NSFW...), a poem by Maike Rosa Vogel. 

I'm hoping to carve out a couple of hours this week to watch the remaining film in the trilogy: Megacities (available on iTunes). 

My name is Amy, and I'm a documentary junkie. Got any recommendations?

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