The Last Shift of Thomas Hisem

Director: Jindřich Andrš
Original title: Poslední šichta Tomáše Hisema
Country: Czech Republic
Year of release: 2017
Runtime: 30 minutes
Colour: Colour
Language: Czech
Subtitles: English

Producer: Tomáš Šimon, Augustina Micková
Camera: Tomáš Frkal
Editing: Lukáš Janičík
Sound: Šimon Herrmann
Cast: Tomáš Hiseman

“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.

“I’m shooting this so those city slickers in Prague can see the hard-ass work we do!” J. Andrš

The Last Shift of Thomas Hisem

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