Men at Work – A documentary by Kesang Tseten



the film looks at the workplace of boys and men and in doing so becomes an ode to the remarkableness of the everyday. By its framing of routine work settings of boys and men, the four distinct chapters of the film become narratives of the making of the self and its relation to the work space. A young male domestic worker creates an imaginary and magical world for himself, even while he attends to his lonely daily chores; men in a motor garage repair and refurbish vehicles that have long seen their best days; boys at a residential institution learn the adult rituals of becoming Hindu priests; and young Gurkha men vie desperately to become soldiers in the British army. With its intimate gaze of the ordinary, the film becomes witness to the everyday rituals that make up the world of men.