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Made in Ash

Až do města Aš

Dorota, a young Roma girl, finds work in a town in Western Bohemia but soon faces redundancy in Iveta Grofová’s original take on a social realist theme.

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  • Director Iveta Grófová
  • Producer Barbara Kipsová, Jiří Konečný, Ivan Ostrochovský
  • Screenwriter Iveta Grófová, Marek Leščák
  • With Dorota Bíllá, Silvia Halušicová, Robin Horký
  • Slovakia-Czech Republic 2012
  • 80 mins
  • Sales endorfilm

Dorota, a young Roma girl from Eastern Slovakia, graduates from school and leaves home to find work in the West Bohemian town of Aš. Along with other immigrant workers, she is employed in a Czech-German textile factory – until they are issued with redundancy notices. Unable to return home, she is forced to accept whatever offers come her way, including the opportunity to form a relationship with a rich German. In her first feature film, director Iveta Grófová, who was trained in both documentary and animation, uses both techniques to great effect, building on her previous documentary Guestworkers. The early factory scenes recall the work of Ken Loach (and, more specifically, Miloš Forman’s 1965 A Blonde in Love), suggesting that working conditions have not changed for the better. A powerful evocation of a familiar problem, seen from the inside, the film uses animated interludes to link to Dorota’s hopes and dreams.
Peter Hames

Director statement

Dorota comes from a small Slovak village and does not have much to choose from. She decides to work as a seamstress in a town on the Czech-German border, where her dreams slowly turn to ash. The story of her life in Aš is a mundane and everyday one. My priority was to most truthfully capture the motives of the girls in Aš towards making these harsh, life changing decisions, which on the surface can come across as immoral.
Iveta Grófová

Director biography

Born in 1980 in Trenčín, Slovakia, she studied from 2000-2009 at the Academy of the Performing Arts in Bratislava, initially in the animation faculty, and then in the documentary faculty. Her feature debut Made in Ash developed from a documentary project from this period.


2003 Aspon ze tak [doc s]
2004 Bolo nas 11 [s]
2005 Politika Kvality [doc s]; Nazdar Particka [doc s]
2007 Gastarbeiteri [doc s]
2012 Až do mesta Aš (Made in Ash)

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