16.04. ‐ 21.04.2024
After Work

After Work

Erik Gandini

From Calvinism to capitalism: our current relationship with work seems fundamentally dysfunctional and predicated on unhealthy and unsustainable practices. Meanwhile, egoistical technocrats like Musk, Bezos and Co. are rolling in money as they pit their employees against each other with absurd competition and monitor them strategically with AI. There appears to be enormous pressure on the workers to perform until they can be replaced by automation. In South Korea, people are having their computers forcibly shut down to be prevented from systematically working themselves to death. At the same time, wealthy people in the world flaunt their ideal work ethics while remaining blissfully unaware of their privileges. Instead of accusing the current generation of laziness, we should be asking: what should a fair labour market look like in the future?

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Direction Erik Gandini
Country Sweden, Norway, Italy
Year 2023
Duration 81 min
Language Korean, English, Italian, Arabic with English subtitles
Production Jesper Kurlandsky, Constanza Julia Bani, Carsten Aanonsen, Jo Sona
Camera Fredrik Wenzel
Editing Johan Söderberg
Sound Chiara Andrich, Jørgen Bergsund, Valerio Brini, Rikard Strømsodd

CPH:DOX 2023, DOCVILLE 2023, Chicago IFF 2023

Presented by:Turm Hotel

About the director

Erik Gandini is an Italian-Swedish director and producer. He is known for his documentary Sacrifico: Who Betrayed Che Guevara or The Swedish Theory of Love. Since 2016 he has been teaching as a professor at Stockholm University of the Arts in the field of creative documentary. His latest film After Work has had its world premiere in the international competition at the Danish film festival CPH:DOX.

Press reviews

„A lot is going on here, but Gandini offers a breezy and thought-provoking ride, leaving the drawing of conclusions for the viewer [...].“ (Amber Wilkinson, Eye For Film)

„[It] highlights the rapidly changing landscape and the significant shifts awaiting us. However, the visually stunning documentary offers an optimistic outlook on humanity's future, avoiding bleak prophecies“ (Martin Kudlac, Screen Anarchy)

The director about the film

„That particular clip was somehow the essence of the whole project: when people lack imagination of what life could be, when you need to help them with imagery – this is how I see my film, too: we need some sort of stimulus or help because we can’t even think a different type of relationship to work.“ Erik Gandini in an Interview with Variety


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