27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
The Happy Worker – Or How Work Was Sabotaged
director: John Webster
original title: The Happy Worker – Or How Work Was Sabotaged
running time: 80 min.
synopsisCEO salaries are skyrocketing. The wages of ordinary employees have increased only slightly. According to one survey, a fifth of workers view their bosses as rivals. Most of them aren’t happy in their jobs and don’t find them fulfilling. To better understand this dynamic, John Webster takes the ideas of anthropologist David Graeber and returns to early factory models. Today’s employees describe the reality behind the glossy corporate facade: stress, incompetent management, and burnout syndrome. A black-humored analysis of capitalist work seeks to answer the question of whether it is possible to be happy at work today.
„I do hope it encourages people to talk in the workplace about what is going on – probably half to two thirds of the people [in offices] feel the same – and to question the way things are done.“ — John Webster
biographyJohn Webster (* 1967) was born in Finland to British parents. Since the 1990s, he has been directing and producing documentary films. Often in them, he follows one distinct central character with humor and across a longer period of time. He has twice received the Jussi, the Finnish National Film Award, for Best Documentary.
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