Part of SFFILM Festival
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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
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.
Original Language Title Mano de obra
Director David Zonana
Producer Michel Franco, David Zonana, Eréndira Núñez Larios
Writer David Zonana
Editor Oscar Figueroa Jara
Cinematographer Carolina Costa
Cast Luis Alberti, Hugo Mendoza, Jonathan Sanchez