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28-year old director Apolena Rychlíková’s documentary, which was awarded the Czech Joy Award at the festival in Jihláva, follows its protagonist and journalist Saša Uhlová, who worked undercover for six months under the shocking conditions in some of the country’s worst paid jobs, for instance at a poultry farm or a waste disposal site. As Rychlíková says, it was their common goal to display the disastrous labour conditions of those who normally don’t have the power to do so. Hereby, it’s not about idealising these people, but about finally pointing out how an actually wealthy society is treating those who suffer the most: “These people are indeed often resigned and demotivated, but they keep fighting to improve their lives.” According to journalist Saša Uhlová, they have decided to make a film as their initially planned series of articles has failed because the people didn’t want to talk about their lives. Only through the bond of trust with her was it possible to record them and give them the chance to be heard. The film, which was shot for a series for Czech television, has triggered widespread concern in its country of origin.


Apolena Rychlíková

Apolena Rychlíková

Director and Screenwriter The Limits of Work
In Vienna: April 15-21

Saša Uhlová

Saša Uhlová

Protagonist The Limits of Work


Melanie Jacobs

Melanie Jacobs

Moderator film program

Ivanka Brekalo

Ivanka Brekalo

Moderator film program
Narrator Mistery of Green Hill

The Limits of Work

Original Title

Hranice práce


Apolena Rychlíková


Apolena Rychlíková




East Silver Caravan


Czech Republic




Czech with Engl. sub.

Running time

70 min.


Česká televize


Wednesday 18.04.

19:00 Actors Studio 2

Friday 20.04.

18:30 Actors Studio 3