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11 Apr
Sat, Apr 11, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Creativity Theater
Creativity Theater 221 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
18 Apr
Sat, Apr 18 at 7:00 pm
Roxie Theater


Issues of inequalities in income and housing are at the heart of this powerful film. When an accident happens on the construction site of an expansive home and the company blames the employee, a crewman named Francisco creates an opportunity for his coworkers and their families to occupy the house they’re working on. At first, there’s a communal atmosphere with shared chores and living spaces, but writer/director David Zonana keenly shows how utopias sour as the struggle for power and prestige takes over.

“The biggest marvel in Workforce is undoubtedly the intricate exploration of morality – examining how power curdles the hope of social mobility into conflict and mistrust. Zonana deftly reminds us that people are works in progress, and inside a system stacked against them, those making the best of their difficult situation can easily lead themselves astray.” – Naomi Obeng, Sight & Sound

Director David Zonana

A native of Mexico City, David Zonana is a producer, writer, and director. He began his career as a director helming three shorts, Princesa (2014), Sangre alba (2016), and Brother (2016). Workforce is his feature directing debut.

Film Details

Language Spanish

Original Language Title Mano de obra

Year 2019

Runtime 82

Country Mexico

Director David Zonana

Producer Michel Franco, David Zonana, Eréndira Núñez Larios

Writer David Zonana

Editor Oscar Figueroa Jara

Cinematographer Carolina Costa

Music Murcof

Cast Luis Alberti, Hugo Mendoza, Jonathan Sanchez