Ghosts With Shit Jobs
dir. Chris McCawley, Jim Morrison, Jim Munroe, Tate Young, Canada 2012, 94'
In the year 2040, Western world's economy lies in ruins. After declaring bankruptcy North America and Europe become the main source of cheap labor for the new economic powers - India and China. To survive, residents of the fallen cities of the Old World are forced to perform the most thankless jobs of the future, for minimum wage. Brothers, Anton and Toph are silk collectors, more specifically - cobwebs. They collect cobwebs left in the recesses of the city after the invasion of enormous mutant spiders. Serena works with a new form of spam. Her job is to weave in, and stay undetected, as many advertising slogans as possible into social conversations. Gary and Karen, a married couple, assemble and provide care for exclusive child robots which behave strikingly similar to real babies. And Oscar is a digital janitor, who stays immersed in a virtual reality for hours, tearing and painting over advertisements on the walls. We look at those characters together with a team of Chinese filmmakers, who were sent from behind the curtain of prosperity to try to capture the hardships and toil of everyday life of the people in the New Third World.