A Day’s Work
We follow workers performing routine tasks seemingly indefinitely. The landscape, ravaged by violence and destruction, looks like the setting in a dystopian sci-fi movie. As we move in closer, we begin to grasp what we are seeing and realize it is a road construction site – the more details appear, the more the complexity of this reality emerges. An observation of progress, more than can be achieved in a day’s work.
The road connects the territories of five different armed groups, including government forces, engaged in the ongoing conflict in Burma/Myanmar. Collaboration on its construction marks one of many small steps towards peace and progress in the context of the world’s longest running civil war.
A Day’s Work is a short documentary film and installation without dialogue. Consisting of two channels, or a split screen, it presents two different perspectives, sometimes alternating, sometimes simultaneous. Distant, slow and well composed aerial shots give the bigger picture, offering an otherwise unprecedented perspective. Focusing on single actions without much context, they stand in stark contrast to the handheld close-ups of the laborers going about their work.