28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Scyther
The Scyther
The Scyther
The Scyther
The Scyther

The Scyther

director: Mikoláš Arsenjev
original title: Sekáč
country: Czech Republic
year: 2023
running time: 27 min.


David Vostrovský is a professional reaper. With his sharpened scythe and years of experience, he participates in international grass cutting tournaments and teaches his craft to others. The film is a probe into this unusual hobby and an alternative lifestyle in the bosom of nature, which the reaper shares with his two adult children.

“The relationship between humankind and nature is fading; it's becoming a cliché.”

Source: Český rozhlas


Mikoláš Arsenjev (born 1994) graduated in film science and continued on in his studies at the Department of Documentary Film at FAMU. His environmentally-themed student film Czechia Deforested (2020) was screened at the Ji.hlava IDFF and won an award at the ecoFest in Písek. His film After the Silence Was Broken (2023) follows the initiative Ne!musíš to vydržet.

more about film

director: Mikoláš Arsenjev
producer: Ondřej Šejnoha
photography: Mikoláš Arsenjev
editing: Mikuláš Svoboda
sound: Jáchym Vanc
Line Producer: Ester Valtrová
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Creative Europe Media
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas