Document these films for life

Feb 25, 2013, 02:38 IST | Soma Das

Movie buffs have much to cheer about this week, with two documentary film screenings happening across the city to choose from.

Vikalp@Prithvi is screening The Story of Film: An Odyssey, a documentary film about the history of film, today. It is directed and narrated by Mark Cousins, a film critic from Northern Ireland and is based on his 2004 book The Story of Film.

A still from Workingman’s Death depicting butchers in an open-air market in Nigeria

The screening will be followed by a talk by Rafique Baghdadi, a freelance journalist and historian who has been writing about cinema for over 20 years. On February 26, The Root Reel is screening Workingman’s Death, a 2005 Austrian-German documentary film written and directed by Michael Glawogger.

The film deals with the extremes to which workers go to earn a living and showcases the plight of miners of Donets Basin; Ukraine, sulphur carriers in Ijen; Indonesia, butchers in an open-air market in Port Harcourt; Nigeria, welders in the Gadani ship-breaking yard in Pakistan, steel workers in Liaoning; China and youth in a former German industrial complex, which has been converted into a leisure park.

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