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Dirty Work (2004)

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Documentarians David Sampliner & Tim Nackashi follow three men with odd, potentially unpleasant careers -- a bull semen collector, a sewage tank pumper, and an embalmer.

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Dirty Work follows three men who deal with our unpleasant business -- Russ, a bull semen collector, Darrell, a septic tank pumper, and Bernard, an embalmer. They take us into worlds that are right under our noses but we never see, providing services most of us depend on but prefer not to do ourselves. Unorthodox childhoods led them into these odd, intense careers, giving them uncommon insight into how the rest of us live. Darrell traces cultural trends from what he finds in septic tanks. Russ sees his job collecting semen from prize bulls as a way to help save the family farmer. And Bernard the "restorative artist" offers an irreverent look into how the modern death industry distances us from the dead we're trying to mourn. Above all, Dirty Work is the story of how three men discover their passion in our society's undesirable professions. Russ, Darrell, and Bernard don't just do our dirty work, they feel called to it. After meeting them, you will never look at their work or our world ... Written by David Sampliner & Tim Nackashi

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This interesting documentary followed 3 people who perform jobs that most people would not want to do; an embalmer, a bull semen collector, and a septic tank cleaner. All 3 were from quite different backgrounds but all had one thing in common; they loved their jobs and had found their calling in life. The film was particularly well done and fascinating to watch.


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