Round Table

Thinking labour practices through film

This year, Doclisboa introduces a new partnership with the European Agency for Health and Safety at Work (EU-OSHA). Before holding the competition for the Healthy Workplaces Film Award in 2021, a wide film programme unfolding into a contemporary panorama of working practices, as well as a historic overview of how work and labour have been for long represented in cinema, is presented in this year’s edition of the Festival. On October 28, at 3.00 pm (GMT:00), we invite film-makers from the programme to join a debate on the contribution of cinematic tools for a wider discussion on work and labour, socially and politically. Before the debate, EU-OSHA will announce the winner of this year’s Healthy Workplaces Film Award.

Christa Sedlatshek (director, EU-OSHA)
Bruno Thiebaud (communication manager, EU- OSHA)
Leena Pasanen (director of the Biografilm Festival and former director of DOK Leipzig)
Miguel Ribeiro (co-director of Doclisboa)

Elisa Cepedal, El trabajo o a quién le pertenece el mundo
Jonas Heldt, Automotive
Lee Anne Schmitt, California Company Town 

Amarante Abramovici (programmer at Doclisboa)


About the speakers

Elisa Cepedal
Film director and editor. Her short films La playa (2010) and Ay pena (2011) have been shown in several international film festivals. In 2018, the Gijón International Film Festival dedicated a retrospective to her short films. El trabajo o a quién le pertenece el mundo (2019), her first feature film, premiered at Gijón, receiving the Special Jury Award. As a film editor she has worked with Milagros Mumenthaler and Terence Davies.

Jonas Heldt
In elementary school, Jonas Heldt wanted to become a wildlife film-maker. His grandfather was a steelworker at a foundry. In the small Bavarian village where Jonas Heldt grew up, whoever drove a German car was considered to have made it in life. He moved to Berlin where he worked in theatre, as a radio producer and a night porter.

Lee Anne Schmitt
Film-maker whose work revolves around landscape, objects and the traces of political systems left upon them. She has exhibited widely at venues such as MoMA, Getty Museum and Pompidou, and festivals such as Viennale, CPH/DOX, IFFR and FID Marseille. She received grants from the Graham Foundation, Creative Capital and Guggenheim. She is currently working on a series of films using personal objects to explore how trauma affects narrative structures.


The event will be live streamed on Doclisboa’s YouTube and Facebook pages.

OCT 28 / 3.00pm - 4.30pm (UTC+0)
Zoom webinar

• Free admission

• The session will be held in English, with no translation