The Limits of Work


The Limits of Work
(République tchèque, 2017, 71 min)

De Apolena Rychlíková

Category: Czech Competition

One World Festival

Journalist Saša Uhlová set off to study the working conditions of the worst paid jobs in the Czech Republic first hand. What are all the places where employers violate the Labour Code?

A Motol laundromat, the Vodňanská poultry company, a supermarket, a razor blade factory and a waste sorting room. Saša Uhlová spent about a month in each job, enough to discover that people on a minimum wage do not lead very happy lives. They spend almost all their time at work, do overtime, weekend and night shifts, never take breaks, and often work when sick. Lunch or a tram ride are luxuries they can't afford. Poverty is just one aspect of their suffering. This documentary film by Apolena Rychlíková won the 2017 Czech Documentary Film Award at the International Documentary Film Festival in Jihlava and also took the Audience Award.