The deregulation policies implemented in the United States and the European Union in the early 1980s brought forth a significant rise in employment in the field of logistics but at the same contributed to a deterioration of work conditions in the industry – a paradoxical situation largely invisible to many in the age of online shopping. In recent years, a number of cinematographers showed interest in this type of work, depicting it in documentaries. Referring to one of these films, The Weight of Dreams (Francesco Mattuzzi, 2015), this review analyses the implications of the deregulation policies over work conditions, focusing on the relation between workers and space. As seen in the film, work in the field of logistics is a struggle between the desire for an efficient movement of goods and the desires of the humans who move the goods. This translates into an ambivalence of the space they use, which on the one hand, is planned for movement, but on the other, is appropriated by users with the illusion of a sedentary life.
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