Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh and also the industrial centre of the country. Day after day millions of people are engaged in the hardest forms of physical labour – to keep the city and the globalised economy running. The film gives us an insight into the daily lives of a number of men and women: a labourer who together with his colleagues produces 18,000 hand-made bricks every day, says that he sometimes feels like a machine. A woman works twelve hours a day with her baby on her back. A porter believes that people are more efficient than machines – if someone who only weighs 50 kilos can carry a 120-kilogram load.
About the artist
Alfonso Moral and Roser Corella have collaborated on a number of documentary projects for various organisations, shooting in Lebanon, Mozambique, Bangladesh, Kenia and Senegal. They combine this collaborative work with individual projects, making photo and video reports for different media, television and the printed press, e.g. Catalan TV, La Vanguardia or Le Monde. “Machine man” is their first author documentary.