Blue Collar White Christmas

Nede pa jorden

Modrý límeček, bílé Vánoce

Photography: Henrik Ipsen
Editing: Nanna Frank Moller
Sound: Mick Raaschou, Henrik Gugge Garnov
Music: Povl Kristian Mortensen
Color: Colour

Before Christmas in 2001, the employees of the Viking factory in Esbjerg in Denmark making lifeboats got to know that its owner intends to transfer the majority of production to the newly-gained factory in Bangkok in Thailand. Many of them will lose their jobs. The documentary follows four chosen workmen with inexorable calmness, unadorned formally and without any emotional pandering. The social film documentary, having been arisen from six parts of the half-hour episodes made for the Danish TV (even a serial can have such a form!), is neither a traditional doc-drama, nor a direct report, it hesitates what applies to genres and works with the conception of invented cinematography. The heroes of the documentary cannot fight against the power of market at this very moment, Christmas is approaching and they are still going to work buying presents in the supermarkets, and then going for a trip around the sea. An every-day chronicle is witness to the will of putting up with the problem of life sufferings, and it is also about the power being a question of their own personal honour and morality.

Photo Gallery

TV2 / Denmark
Festival edition: 2004
Sections: Opus Bonum
Exhibition format: 35 mm


The author of the official spot is renowned director Jean-Luc Godard