Scene from the film The Last Shift of Tomas Hisem
Scene from the film The Last Shift of Tomas Hisem
Scene from the film The Last Shift of Tomas Hisem
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The Last Shift of Tomas Hisem

  • Czech Republic
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“I hope that all is okay and that you’ll get something out of this,” proclaims miner Tomáš Hisem at the start of his shift at Ostrava’s Paskov Mine, which he decided to document. Although we don’t see his face (the camera that he has smuggled into the mine is attached to his helmet), we hear his distinct local dialect as he inspects the dark and dusty tunnels and claustrophobic underground spaces that we walk and crawl through on all fours. With a sense of immediacy and in his own distinctive manner, he captures a particular place at a particular time – one day before the Paskov Mine is closed and 1,300 of his colleagues lose their jobs.

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  • Original title
    Poslední šichta Tomáše Hisema
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Tomáš Frkal
  • Editing
    Lukáš Janičík
  • Sound
    Šimon Herrmann
  • Duration
    30 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Ji.hlava IDFF 2017 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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