Lessons from the night

9 minutes

What the night janitor knows about you. And what you should know about her

As armies of white-collar workers funnel out of office buildings at the close of their working day, many janitors are just beginning theirs, preparing for long shifts that must be finished while their cities sleep. Lessons from the Night follows Maia Wallner as she reflects eloquently on the nature of her low-paying, under-appreciated and often solitary job, and the particular window it gives her into the psyches of those she cleans up after but rarely sees. Once an Arabic translator in her native Bulgaria, where she worked with world leaders, political turmoil forced her into exile while on assignment in Melbourne, Australia. Still living in Melbourne, she now gets through the lonely nights by finding humour and quiet dignity in her work.

Director: Adrian Francis

Producer: Melanie Brunt

Website: Feather Films

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