In 1909 in the mining area around Rožňava one of the most modern mining factories in Europe was built. Almost 65 percent of the local people worked in the total of 17 mines. After communism collapsed the iron ore extraction was stopped being left with only one mining complex open. The film Miners’ Bread focuses on the inhabitants of Rakovnica, a village in Gemer, and through a series of portraits it provides a complex mental picture of the region converging in a belief that during communism people living there were happier and their lives were better.
The story’s major part represents a narration of Ján Fábian, a university professor with an honorary doctorate from Delhi, who also lived in Canada, Africa and Germany for many years, won a Humboldt Foundation scholarship, worked as a minister of economy’s advisor in the 1990s and who despite his age is still giving lectures at the Technical University in Košice. His words marked by the detached view of a contemporary (both miner and a person), is in a sharp contrast with the views of the youngest protagonists whom the film focuses on. It is understanding of this contrast that is the main aim of the film which dealing with the stories of the local people and through their relationships to the region they were born in and its history poses a question: „What has happened here and what future do we have?“
Screenplay and Director: Roman Fábian
DOP: Ivo Miko, Rastislav Trizma, Roman Fábian
Editor: Peter Harum
Music: Dávid Kollár
Sound: Juraj Baláž, Peter Polák
Executive producer: Mirka Dírerová
Producer: Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska a Positive film, s. r. o.
Year of production: 2013
Length: 60 min
Format: 1920×1080 25p, 16×9
Sound: slovak – Stereo