Deconstructing Labor

Deconstructing Labor

2 Episodes

Two films ostensibly about construction workers become studies of so much more. Through fragmented images and a Bressonian attention to detail and gesture, Kazik Radwanski’s SCAFFOLD observes the daily routines of migrant workers in Canada, including the everyday xenophobia and microaggressions they face. Valeska Grisebach similarly uses the experiences of construction workers—in this case a group of German laborers installing a hydroelectric plant in rural Bulgaria—to explore tensions surrounding culture clash and masculinity in her simmering, slow-burn WESTERN.

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Deconstructing Labor
  • Scaffold

    Episode 1

    Directed by Kazik Radwanski • 2017 • Canada

    Recent immigrants to Canada, working on scaffolding, break the routine of their job by observing the people in the neighborhood from a unique, precarious, and ephemeral vantage point.

  • Western

    Episode 2

    Directed by Valeska Grisebach • 2017 • Germany
    Starring Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov

    Valeska Grisebach’s intense, slow-burning thriller follows a group of German construction workers installing a hydroelectric plant in rural Bulgaria. The foreign land awakens the ...