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Film prize winner highlights automation risks

A US documentary which raises awareness of how automation will affect the future of work has won joint best film at the 60th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film.

Image credit: Lewis Wilcox

Before the Bridge aims to inform audiences and start a discussion about the impact of new technology on the workplace and how increasing automation threatens the future of human jobs.

Presented by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), the US production, directed by Lewis Wilcox, was joint winner of the festival’s Healthy Workplaces award with Turtle Shells, a film that explores the connections between animals, humans and war.

EU-OSHA says that by funding the Healthy Workplaces Film Award it aims to build a library of films to raise awareness of occupational safety and health issues and to inspire directors to create more films about work, its changing nature and its effects on workers and their environment. 

The documentaries shortlisted for the award this year included one covering the struggles of small farmers in the UK, the dangers endured by workers in a high-altitude Bolivian mining camp and life in a huge Indian textile factory.


Nic Warburton is acting editor, IOSH Magazine

 Nick Warburton is acting editor of IOSH Magazine. He is a former editor of SHP and has also worked on Local Authority Waste and Recycling and Environmental Health Practitioner

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