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The End of Darkness

DirectorRanko Paukovic
ProducerZdenka Gold – Spiritus Movens
WriterRanko Paukovic
EditorUrsa Vlahusic
CameraJacqueline van Vugt
SoundRanko Paukovic
ScreeningThursday 7 November | 17:15 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Saturday 9 November | 11:15 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Original TitleNA KRAJU TAME
Length27 min
SectionShort Films, Big Stories

Croatian-Dutch filmmaker observes female miners in Bosnia and explores how it feels to spend a whole life working in what is, for women, a rare profession. Screenings will be followed by Q&A with the director Ranko Pauković.


For multiple generations from a small Bosnian mining town, the dark coal mine Breza is the fulfillment of professional dreams and a symbol of progress, as well as the cause of the biggest tragedy. Sakiba, an enthusiastic woman with strong opinions, stands tall among the majority male miners. She can’t get her head around division of jobs to ‘female’ and ‘male’, an opinion she has fought since she landed a miner’s job at the age of nineteen. Walking down the dark tunnels with loose safety regulations, she talks about appreciation for natural light and retirement, when she hopes to try some new mindfulness techniques her colleague reads about online. Sakiba was never welcome to drink along a male colleagues in a local bar when payday comes, but she ends up dancing to the beats of well-known Yugoslav rock band celebrating her hero.

Festivals & Awards (selection)

ZagrebDox, Croatia 2019 | Al Jazeera Balkans Documentary Film Festival, Sarajevo 2018 | PriMed, International Festival of Mediterranean Documentary and Reportage, Marseille 2019

Director’s bio

Ranko Paukovic graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. He was as an assistant editor on large international co-productions. In 1991 Ranko moved to the Netherlands collaborating with prominent Dutch directors as a sound editor. His directorial debut came in 2015 with the feature-length documentary “White House”. His documentary ”90 Seconds in North Korea” premiered at the Sheffield IDFF in 2018 and is part of this year’s ENFF selection. “The End of Darkness” is his latest documentary.