Working in coal is one of the professions that have nowadays disappeared because of the rapid technological progress in the industrial area. The film touches on the survival issues faced by the coal merchants, as well as its producers, the true coalers. The black and white images stress not only the actual product, coal, but also the intensity of the problem. Furthermore, it follows these coalers throughout the coal production process in the Euboea woods, where they move together with their families. It describes the different phases in the production process, alongside the different phases of their worrying about the future, the entire family and each member separately. Alida Dimitriou does not use a questionnaire to extract their thoughts; she lets the discussion to “unravel the tangle of confession”, as she characteristically said.
Alida Dimitriou was born in Athens in 1933 and studied film directing at Stavrakos School. Parallel to organising film screenings between 1970 and 1975, she took part in short film seminars, and wrote and translated in film magazines. She is authored the book “Short Films Filmography” (1939-1979)””, and she published the “Short Films Lexicon” in 1992. She directed more than 50 documentaries. In 2008 she won the Audience Award of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival for the film “Birds in the Mire”. Her trilogy, “Birds in the Mire”, “Life on the Rocks” and “The Girls of the Rain”, which was greatly loved by the audiences of the Thessaloniki Film Festival, highlighted the feistiness and strength of the female soul via personal accounts and evidence.