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One of the tasks of the EU-OSHA Focal Points is organising events to raise awareness for occupational safety and health. To this end, each year film screening with panel discussions focussing on various OSH issues are organised, also in Germany.

The origin of these events is the "Healthy Workplaces Film Award", granted annually by EU-OSHA until 2019 as part of the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK). Since 2020, the prize is now awarded at the international documentary film festival "doclisboa" in Lisbon. The award honours the best documentary or animated film focusing on humans in a changing world of work. The film should deal with the impact of political and economic change on the way we work and live or work-related topics such as physical and psychosocial demands or existing and new risks at work. The following year, the Focal Points get the opportunity to show and discuss the film(s) in their countries assisted by the EU-OSHA. Current topics, such as employee rights and the impact of political and economic change on our work, are frequently addressed.

In addition to the €5,000 prize, EU-OSHA also funds the subtitling of the winning film in multiple European languages for use by the director and for distribution among EU-OSHA's national network (Focal Points) across the 29 EU Member States and other European countries.

In 2020, EU-OSHA awarded the two German films "Rules of the Assembly Line, at high speed" and "Automotive". The film "Rules of the Assembly Line, at high speed" by Yulia Lokshina deals with the working conditions of Eastern European temporary workers in one of the largest slaughterhouses in Europe. The film "Automotive" by Jonas Heldt shows the life plans of two women who have to stand their ground in the car industry and whose jobs will sooner or later be eliminated by automation.

The winners from previous years as well of information on regulation, participation and registration can be found either on the EU-OSHA website or on the website of doclisboa.

The films can be shown to a closed audience in Germany on request and subject to certain criteria.
Contact if interested: holtmann.matthias@baua.bund.de

Last years' film screenings

In the past years, film screenings on various topics have already taken place in Germany. A selection of these is presented here.

"Automatic Fitness - more and more..." (Alejandra Tomei/ Alberto Cuceiro) was awarded in 2015 and discussed in the Schauburg Cinema in Dortmund on 27 October 2016. The film shows the change in work and our entire lives towards high speed and increasing automation. It is an animated and cynical satire on the shiny new world of work.

In 2017, the FOP presented the 2016 awarded film "Zwischen den Stühlen" (Jakob Schmidt) under the motto "trainee teachers find their place" in the Sweetsixteen cinema of the Depot in Dortmund. The film illuminates the situation and challenges of prospective teachers in the time of their legal clerkship. The event was organised in cooperation with the City of Dortmund and the DoKoLL Institute (Institute for teacher training in Dortmund). The event offered the opportunity - not only for experts and OSH actors but also for concerned teacher trainees - to discuss existing and required support.

In 2018, the year before awarded film "Before the bridge" (Lewis Wilcox) was shown in the Sweetsixteen Cinema of the Depot in Dortmund, which focuses on the challenges of facing working life in an increasingly automated world. Various experts and employers from different branches came together to discuss the effects of digitalisation and how to find strategies to prevent negative impact on employees' health.

The 2019 film screening was dedicated to the anniversary of the European Healthy Workplaces Film Award, which was awarded for the tenth time in 2019. To mark the occasion, the German Focal Point not only screened the winning film from 2018, but also celebrated the anniversary of the film award together with EU-OSHA and the Focal Point from Austria in Leipzig's Kupfersaal. After the screening of the film "Marina" by German director Julia Roesler, which impressively describes the everyday life of a 24/7 caregiver from Romania in Germany, there was a discussion with Austrian and German experts, social partners and actors from the field as well as the director. The second part of the evening then celebrated the tenth anniversary of the EU-OSHA Film Award with its founder Bruno Thiébaud and guests from all over Europe.

Films awarded by EU-OSHA shown in other places than Dortmund, as well, for discussing OSH issues with interested actors and experts. Here are some examples for other film screenings in various German Federal States:

  • "Work Hard Play Hard - an issue for OSH?" presentation of the 2011 awarded film "Work Hard Play Hard" (Carmen Losman) in the frame of the "ArbeitsschutzPartnerschaft Hamburg" (Oct 2018).
  • "Before the Bridge - paperless office, smart home, Alexa, 3D printers and colleague robot - How can human beings and work, society and economy stay in line?" Presentation of the 2017 awarded film and panel discussion, Saarbrücken (Oct 2019).

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