Award-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Glawogger has died in Liberia after reportedly contracting Malaira. The 54-year-old, best known for his gritty films on the working poor of the developing world, had been traveling throughout Africa for as yet-untitled new project.
"We call it 'anticipating serendipity', foreseeing strokes of luck: You drive and drive and drive, and you think - how is this all going to turn out. But then something happens that you didn't expect at all. It will be a film about beauty, about happiness, very different from anything I have ever done before," he said in an interview earlier this year.
Following the news of his death, an outpouring of tributes from fans and the film community began appearing online.
Michael Glawogger's death is a terrible loss for documentary filmmaking. He shone a light on the poor like few have. http://t.co/T8dpxhVNsq— Michael Mirasol (@flipcritic) April 23, 2014
Terrible to hear of Michael Glawogger's death. WHORES' GLORY and WORKINGMAN'S DEATH are profoundly upsetting, vital documentaries.— Luke Richardson (@luke_richardson) April 23, 2014
Michael Glawogger's death is just a crushing loss for the film world. His formal adventurousness helped change the face of social docs.— Scott Tobias (@scott_tobias) April 23, 2014
You can view a trailer for Glawogger's stunning 2011 film "Whores' Glory" below. For those interested, the film is also available under Netflix's documentary category.