Award winner 2010


ALL THAT GLITTERS, a film by Czech director Tomas Kudrna, has won the Healthy Workplaces Award for 2010. The film tells the story of a worker at an internationally owned goldmine in an inhospitable region of Kyrgyzstan.

At the outset, the filmmaker expected to find a typical story of Western exploitation of a poor post-Soviet country, but in reality a complex relationship of co-dependency emerged on which the mine was the only ray of hope for the local people. The story highlights the importance of strict safety conditions when dealing with dangerous chemicals to extract gold from rock at altitude, and is set against a backdrop of a decade-old environmental disaster, the repercussions of which are still being felt..