The Last Shift of Thomas Hisem

Poslední šichta Tomáše Hisema

Poslední šichta Tomáše Hisema

Photography: Tomáš Frkal
Editing: Lukáš Janičík
Sound: Šimon Herrmann
Producer, Co-producer: Tomáš Šimon (Studio FAMU), Augustina Micková
Color: Colour
Language: Czech

“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


Jindřich Andrš (1994) is a third-year student in the Department of Documentary Film at FAMU; prior to that, however, he attended lectures on film science at the Charles University Faculty of Arts. His short films are linked by a single theme – the loss of authenticity in the lives of people working in technology development. In his documentary Mike and His Ultras (2016), he sketches a portrait of today’s young generation and their relationship with their idols – YouTubers.

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FAMU STUDIO / Ondřej Šejnoha / Klimentská 4 / 11000 / Prague / Czech Republic / 234 244 402 / /
Festival edition: 2017
Sections: Czech Joy
Premiere Type: World Premiere
Awards: Special Mention of the Czech Joy Jury
Exhibition format: Video File
Subtitle languages: English
27.10.2017DKO II 10:00
29.10.2017Grand Hall HDJ 14:00


The leitmotif of this year’s edition of the Ji.hlava IDFF will be memory