Jihlava winner explores working lives of poorest
The top prize at this year’s Jihlava documentary festival went to a candid exploration of conditions in some of the Czech Republic’s worst-paid jobs.
The documenary follows journalist Saša Uhlová as she goes undercover for six months to report on the often shocking conditions in some of worst-paid jobs in the country, including at a poultry plant and a waste sorting facility.
Speaking shortly after picking up the top prize, and the viewers’ award, at Saturday night’s Jihlava closing ceremony, director Rychlíková said The Limits of Work highlighted the plight of those who usually have no voice.
Saša Uhlová said she was initially inspired to report undercover on the working lives of the worst off by similar projects in other countries.
“We wanted to write about this subject, but those people refused to speak about their work. So this seemed like the only possibility… The most horrible moments were when they shouted at me in some job or were otherwise rude. It was also tough not seeing my children. Even though I was working in Prague, I tended to be there till late at night every day.”
As for what can be done to improve conditions for those at the bottom of the labour ladder, Apolena Rychlíková offered a number of suggestions.
According to the director, there has already been interest in The Limits of Work (which is part of Czech Television’s Czech Journal series) from other Visegrad states, where the worst off frequently suffer from similar hardships.