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A New Shift

A New Shift

A laid-off miner in the Czech Ostrava-Karviná district discovers the world of computer programming in this tender portrait of a working-class man.

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Since the closure of the Paskov mine in 2017, drilling into coal mines in the Ostrava-Karviná district in the Czech Republic, once a tradition, has become a thing of the past. The Nová šichta retraining program drives a laid-off miner, Tomáš Hisem, away from his pickaxe, jackhammer, football Baník matches and Padlock concerts and into the world of object-oriented programming. New opportunities and horizons lead to changes in his personal life and career. This tender portrait of an ordinary miner navigating his way through the labyrinth of the labour market reveals both the nooks and crannies of a performance-oriented society and the transforming industrial agglomerations. Strong will and determination prevail over the media simulacrum of retraining in an impressive struggle for the soul and the dignity of one working-class man.

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  • projection time:
    92 min.
  • country/year:
    Czech Republic / 2020
  • director:
    Jindřich Andrš
  • pictures:
    Tomáš Frkal
  • production:
    Miloš Lochman, Augustina Micková / moloko film
  • awards :
    2020 – Silver Eye Award IDFF Jihlava, 2020 – DOK Leipzig

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