In the Pit (2005)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Sociology  |   Release Date - Feb 2, 2007 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - Mexico  |  
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The hardships of a Mexico City construction crew struggling to complete a second deck atop the massive Periférico Freeway are explored in director Juan Carlos Rulfo's studied look at the modern work ethic. As countless drivers zoom past the enormous worksite day after day, the anonymous workers toil away in a relentless drive to finish construction on the massive freeway addition by the scheduled completion date of December 2005. Despite the long hours and sometimes harsh working conditions, workers such as "Shorty" and "EL Grande" look past the sub-standard safety conditions to focus on the task at hand. Though both men know that when the project is finally completed they will likely receive little to no recognition for their monumental feat, the differing attitudes that they take towards their jobs offers a compelling look at the divisive opinions that many Mexicans hold in regards to both themselves and their country.

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bridge [structure], Mexico, struggle, tribute, worker, working-class