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One World Brussels catalogue

Most of the screnings are free of charge, reservation required! Tickets for the opening ceremony in Bozar = 6 EUR, tickets for the screenings in Cinema Aventure = 5 EUR. These tickets can be purchased at the box offices or online.

04. 05. 2015

Children 404 competition
Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, Rue Ravenstein 23

Pavel Loparev, Askold Kurov / Russia / 2014 / 76 min.

In 2013 Russia passed a law against "promoting homosexuality" to young people. Young gays and lesbians became an "error of the system" and their bullying was authorised at the highest levels. The Children 404 website established by Elena Klimova publishes messages from young people who are the victims of brutal attacks due to their sexual orientation. The filmmakers gave some of these children cameras in order to record their lives. The video journals interspersed with interviews present a chilling picture of contemporary Russia. While in Russia, Klimova faces persecution and screenings of Children 404 are broken up by the police, the film received a standing ovation at the prestigious Hot Docs festival and the audience award at the Mezipatra Queer Film Festival in the Czech Republic.

Opening remarks by Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, and Martin Povejšil, Permanent Representative of the Czech Rep to the EU.

Discussion after the film: 

Pavel Loparev, the director of the film

Grigory Okhotin, OVD-Info, Independent media project monitoring politically-motivated persecution and detentions in Russia

Natalia Taubina, Public Verdict Foundation director (legal assistance to victims of HR abuses)

Anastasia Smirnova, ILGA - Europe

Moderated by Brigitte Dufour, Director, International Partnership for Human Rights.

Organized in cooperation with ILGA- Europe.


05. 05. 2015

Goethe Institute, Rue Belliard 58

Laura Poitras / Germany, USA / 2014 / 114 min.

A hotel room in Hong Kong in June 2013. Speaking intently to the camera is a man who in a few days will make headlines around the world: Edward Snowden. The former analyst at the US National Security Agency (NSA) is portrayed by filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalists from The Guardian in an exclusive interview about how the NSA collects data on hundreds of millions of people’s private electronic communications. The subsequent disclosure of top secret information launched a media storm and led to an avalanche of other issues. What is the connection between freedom and privacy? What happens to democracy when national governments control all of our data? The film received an Oscar 2015 for best documentary.

Discussion after the film: 

Jimena Reyes, head of Americas, FIDH, and other guests.

Organised in cooperation with the United Nations Regional Centre in Brussels (UNRIC) and FIDH.


Red Lines
European Parliament, Place Luxembourg

Andrea Kalin, Oliver Lukacs / USA / 2014 / 99 min.

Resistance against Bashar al-Assad's regime unites the stories of the two central figures in this film: Razan, a college student who coordinates the delivery of material assistance from Turkey to Syria, and Mouaz, who lobbies politicians in the US and UK to support the Syrian opposition. President Obama threatens to attack if Assad crosses imaginary red lines and uses chemical weapons. But the red lines turn out to be political hot air. The world is turning its back on Syria and Syrians must look out for themselves. The film follows the tireless and dangerous work of young people who want only one thing: for the war to end and for Syria to become a democratic state. Who can be trusted and helped and who cannot?

Opening remarks by:

Ulrike Lunacek, Vice-President of the European Parliament

Discussion after the film:

Ali Ferzat, political satirist and cartoonist, Sakharov Laureate 2011

Souad Nawfal, Syrian activist, Homo Homini 2014 Laureate

Ramona Nicole Mănescu, Vice Chair of the EP's

Mashreq Delegation (tbc) 

Pierre-Christophe Chatzisavas, EEAS Desk Officer for Syria 

Moderated by Peter Sondergaard, Director of Programe, EED. 

Sakharov Prize Network event. Organized by the European Perliament in cooperation with PIN.

19:00Euromaidan. Rough Cut competition
Permanent Representation of the CR to the EU, Rue Caroly 15

Roman Bondarchuk, Aleksey Solodunov, Andrey Kiselyov, Andriy Lytvynenko, Dmitry Stoykov, Kateryna Gornostai, Oleksandr Techynskyi, Roman Liubyi, Volodymyr Tykhyi, Yulia Gontaruk / Ukraine / 2014 / 60 min.

What does it look like when the streets of Ukraine's capital are turned into a war zone? A sequence of several stories uncovers last year's transformation of Kiev's Independence Square, or Maidan, which took place beneath an onslaught of tear gas during anti-government demonstrations. The situation escalated from playful protests in winter into the most extreme levels of violence and chaos. What motivates Ukrainians to place their own bodies against the police cordons? Where do opinions diverge and when does solidarity triumph? The personal portraits of the protesters form a mosaic of stories that is far from completed.

Opening remarks by Jaromír Štětina, MEP.

Discussion after the film:

Denys Kazanskyi, a journalist and bloger from Donetsk

Olena Halushka, the Reanimation Package of Reforms Initiative, Kiev

Maria Tomak, Centre for Civil Liberties

Moderated by Andrew Rettmann, EU Observer.

Organized in cooperation with the Human Rights House Foundation.

06. 05. 2015

12:30The Open Sky / Article 18

European Parliament, Place Luxembourg

Lin Six Kyal Yie, Nwe Lynnasatt, Zayar Kyaw Phyo, Kyal Yie Lin Six, Lynnsatt Nwe, Phyo Zayar Kyaw / Burma / 2014 / 22 min.

In 2013, a quarrel in the market of the Burmese town of Meiktila led to violent clashes between Buddhists and Muslims during which dozens were killed and thousands were left homeless. This short documentary presents one of the victims of the riots, an elderly Muslim woman who was saved by her Buddhist friend during a fire in her house. Despite the dramatic circumstances experienced by the victims of the riots, the film has a positive message about the power of friendship between women of different religions. The authorities disapproved of the depiction of the discussion of violence on the Muslim population and banned the screening of the film at the Burmese Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival.

Article 18

Min Than Oo, Khin Su Kyi, Sein Lin / Burma / 2014 / 21 min.

When, in 2011, the new Burmese government passed a law against peaceful rallies and marches, it sparked a wave of indignation and protest among local civic activists. It was yet more proof of the government's continuing arbitrariness. Article 18 of the law permits immediate arrest and prosecution of protesters. The short film follows several civic activists who were arrested under this article. This fragile-yet-confident film employs a number of visual metaphors and concludes with a frank confession by the filmmaker revealing the dangerous nature of a regime that is nowhere near as democratic as it purports to be.

Discussion after the film:

Barbara Lochbihler, Vice-Chair of DROI, Member of the EP ASEAN Delegation

Tun Khin, Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK

Ranieri Sabatucci, EEAS, Head of the South-East Asia Division

Moderated by Ben Rogers, CSW's East Asia team leader.

Organised by the European Parliament in cooperation with the Christian Solidarity Worldwide and People in Need.


18:30Flowers of Freedom competition
Goethe Institute, Rue Belliard 58

Mirjam Leuze / Germany / 2014 / 96 min.

The peaceful, untouched nature around the Kyrgyz village of Barskon is disturbed by passing trucks. In cisterns they transport a deadly cargo – cyanide. A Canadian company uses it to recover gold from the rocks in the nearby Kumtor mine. In 1998, one of the trucks had an accident and the lethal substance spilled into the local river and poisoned hundreds of people. It is now seven years later and the government still has not responded to the tragedy. Several local women decide to fight for the victims' rights on their own. The film not only follows the women's clash with the administration but also their personal stories, which play out against the backdrop of broader political change in Kyrgyzstan.

Discussion after the film:

Sandra Brandl, the editor of the film,

Jerome Chaplier, European Coalition for Corporate Justice

Moderated by Aldo Caruso, Heinrich Böll Stiftung in Brussels.

Organized in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Stiftung in Brussels.

19:00War without Trace competition
Permanent Representation of the CR to the EU, Rue Caroly 15

Manon Loizeau / France / 2014 / 90 min.

Suffering, pain and fear hide behind the new facades of the rebuilt city of Grozny and in the shade of V. V. Putin Avenue, upon which a demonstration marches in celebration of the birthdays of the Russian and Chechen leaders. Ramzan Kadyrov has ruled Chechnya with an iron fist for more than 10 years. He decides who disappears and who lives. As stated by one of the activists featured in the film: "Chechnya is North Korea in the middle of the Russian Federation." The war, which left thousands dead and missing, is not openly discussed. The film mixes the moving stories of those who search in vain for their loved ones with footage capturing the polished surface of a country that is inwardly restless and unhappy.

The film will be followed by a discussion with experts from the North Caucasus, organised by PIN.

The evening will include presentation of the exhibition Stories without Endings: Violence and Impunity in the North Caucasus.

07. 05. 2015

12:30Warriors from the North competition
European Parliament, Place Luxembourg

Søren Steen Jespersen, Nasib Farah / Denmark, Somalia / 2014 / 58 min.

In the everyday hustle and bustle they are hardly distinguishable from regular people. They live their lives just like everyone else – except for the one day they pick up a gun and kill. In recent years, dozens of young people have joined radical Islamist groups. What are their motives? A young man born in Somalia gives anonymous testimony about how the radical Al-Shabaab movement recruits adherents in Denmark. He himself broke free from a terrorist group. But his friends have allowed themselves to be convinced that fighting and dying for Allah represents more than life as an outlaw in a European city. How do their journeys end? And how do their parents come to terms with the fate of their manipulated children?

Discussion after the film:

Olivier Basille, Reporters Without Borders, Sakharov Prize Laureate 2005

Søren Steen Jespersen, the director of the film

Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea, Vice-Chair of DROI

Sabine Lösing, Vice Chair of SEDE

Harald Freyer, EEAS, Policy Adviser and Judicial Expert, Multilateral Relations and Global Issues division

Moderated by: Joost Hiltermann, Programme Director for the Middle East and North Africa, International Crisis Group.

Sakharov Prize Network event. Organized by the European Perliament in cooperation with PIN and the Danish Culture Institute.

18:30Something Better to Come competition
Goethe Institute, Rue Belliard 58

Hanna Polak / Denmark, Poland / 2014 / 98 min.

On the outskirts of Moscow lies the Svalka, one of the largest garbage dumps in Europe. Entering and filming here is strictly forbidden. Nevertheless, the Polish director filmed the life of the local community of homeless people for 14 years. The central character of this unique time-lapse film is Yula, who has lived in the dump with her mother since she was a child. The intelligent girl sees reality without embellishment, but she expects something better from the future. When she becomes pregnant at 16, her situation seems hopeless. As in her previous acclaimed film The Children of Leningradsky, the director assembles from the footage a moving testimony about poverty and people on the edges of society.

Discussion after the film:

Hanna Polak, the director of the film

Unico van Kooten, European Secretary, Dutch Waste Management Association

Sarah Nelen, Member of the Cabinet of the Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans

Moderated by Maciej Nowicki, director of Watch Docs Film Festival (Warsaw).

Organized in cooperation with Watch Docs (Warsaw) and the Polish Institute.

19:00Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution

Permanent Representation of the CR to the EU, Rue Caroly 15

Glenn Gebhard / USA / 2015 / 87 min.

Unlike the popular misconception of a sierra-centric revolution that brought a handful of rebels under Fidel Castro to power in January 1959, this film tells the story of two forgotten revolutionaries who created the landscape for Fidel Castro's victory. Frank País and José Antonio Echeverría were two of the main architects in the fight against Fulgencio Batista. Killed before the victory, País and Echeverría were lost from the history books both in Cuba, and in the world.

Discussion after the film:

Glenn Gebhard, the director of the film

Reinaldo Escobar, Cuban journalist

Moderated by Ondřej Juřík, head of Latin America projects, PIN.

08. 05. 2015

19:30A Quiet Inquisition competition
Cinema Aventure, Rue des Fripiers 57, 1000 Brussels

Alessandra Zeka, Holen Sabrina Kahn / USA, Nicaragua / 2014 / 66 min.

Carla is a doctor who faces an ethical dilemma on a daily basis. Thanks to the electoral support from the Catholic Church, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in 2007 approved a regulation prohibiting abortion, even in cases of rape, incest or danger to the mother's life. The result is a significant increase in the number of botched home abortions and unwanted pregnancies. Carla, however, believes that the law is medically unethical and violates women's rights. In order to assist patients, she and her team must teeter on the edge of illegality. Through the story of Carla, we also get a glimpse into the current political situation in Nicaragua, which is not widely discussed.

Discussion after the film:

Jimena Reyes, director of Americas Desk FIDH

Wendy Flores Acevedo, lawyer at the Defense and Reporting Program, Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH)

Moderated by Ondřej Juřík, head of Latin America projects, PIN.

Organized in cooperation with FIDH.



09. 05. 2015

19:30Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy
Cinema Aventure, Rue des Fripiers 57, 1000 Brussels

Stéphanie Valloatto / France / 2014 / 102 min.

A few pen strokes can amuse or enrage. Paris, Moscow, Jerusalem, New York, Beijing, Caracas ... famous French cartoonist Plantu travelled to his peers around the world and discovered that cartoonists are pretty much the same everywhere. Local conditions may differ but they all have these things in common: wit, grace, and the art of expressing in a drawing what others cannot say in words. A good cartoon can unnerve the powerful worldwide. The terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo confirmed that the cartoonist's occupation can be as dangerous as a soldier's.

Discussion after the film:

Benoit Feyt, journalist

Renate Schroeder, member of the International Federation of Journalists

Moderated by Catherine Vuylsteke, journalist.

Organized in cooperation with Festival des Libertés (Brussels).


10. 05. 2015

17:00Jenica & Perla
Cinema Aventure, Rue des Fripiers 57, 1000 Brussels

Rozálie Kohoutová / Czech Republic, France / 2014 / 72 min.

Roma teens Jenica and Perla have gone all the way to the Slovakia's Got Talent contest with the dance group, Kesaj Tchave. But now it's time for the girls to return home. Jenica, originally from Romania but now living in Paris, single-mindedly pursues her dream of becoming a hairdresser and integrating with the majority. Her friend Perla, who lives in a settlement in the foothills of the High Tatras in Slovakia, is failing at school and is distrustful of white people. Each girl sees her future differently. But when they dance together, they find what is common to them both. What opportunities do their respective environments offer them?

Discussion after the film:

Caroline Intrand, CIRé

Marta Pinto, Policy Officer, European Roma Information Office

Organized in cooperation with Festival des Libertés (Brussels).


11. 05. 2015

18:00The Serbian Lawyer
Norway House, Rue Archimede 17

Aleksandar Nikolić / Serbia, Netherlands, UK, Germany / 2014 / 82 min.

In the 1990s, the war in the Balkans forced young Marko to flee to the Netherlands, where he earned a law degree. Now, he is part of the defence team for Radovan Karadzic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. The film follows Marko throughout the four-year trial process – examining documents, real footage and interviews with witnesses – and also delves into his personal life. Discussions with his friends and family prompt Marko to think about the moral aspects of his work. Is it ethical to defend a war criminal? The young and idealistic lawyer becomes disillusioned and increasingly doubtful about whether there is a truth that is acceptable for everyone.

Discussion after the film:

Marko Sladojevic, lawyer and the main protagonist of the film

Izabela Kisic, Executive Director of the Helsinki Committee for human rights in Serbia

Moderated by Alexandra Stiglmayer from European Stability Initiative (ESI).

Organized in cooperation with the Mission of Norway to the EU and Human Rights House Foundation.

18:30National Diploma
European Parliament, Place Luxembourg

Dieudo Hamadi / France, Democratic Republic of the Congo / 2014 / 92 min. 

What's it like preparing for final exams in the Congo? This film is about a group of high school students from the city of Kisangani for whom graduation is not only an important step on the road to adulthood, but also a guarantee of a better life. But in Congo, good grades aren't enough. You have to have enough money to pay off your teachers. Joel and his classmates decide to succeed at any cost. They rent an abandoned house in the suburbs, wheel and deal to obtain the right test questions for study, and undergo a wide range of occult rituals. This candid film, shot in cinéma vérité, shows the students' determination as well as the pitfalls of the Congolese education system.

Discussion after the film:

Denis Mukwege, Sakharov Prize Laureate 2014

Ulrike Lunacek, Vice-President for Sakharov Prize Network

Louis Michel, Chair of the EP's ACP Delegation

Salima Ghezali, Sakharov Prize Laureate 1997

Linda McAvan, Chair of the Committee for Development

Veronique Lorenzo, Director of the Education, Health, Research, and Culture Division of DG DEVCO, European Commission (tbc).

Moderated by Lila Pieters, Director a.i. UNICEF-EU Brussels Office.

Sakharov Prize Network event. Organized by the European Parliament in cooperation with PIN.

19:00A Dangerous Game
Permanent Representation of the CR to the EU, Rue Caroly 15

Anthony Baxter / UK / 2014 / 96 min.

American billionaire Donald Trump has decided to expand his golf resort on a protected Scottish coast, right into his neighbours' backyards. The locals have resolved to fight back against the arrogance of the developers. Meanwhile, residents of the UNESCO-protected city of Dubrovnik in Croatia are engaged in a similar struggle against the construction of a new golf course. Different countries, same story. The authorities ignore the activists and put obstacles in their path. This latest film by Anthony Baxter, a follow-up to his highly successful The People vs Donald Trump presented at One World 2012, is both inflammatory and electrifying, providing inspiration for civic society around the world.

Discussion after the film:

Anthony Baxter, the director of the film

Isabelle Pauthier, director of ARAU, non-profit association that examines both public and private urban developement projects

Peter Thoelen, director of VIBE, Flemish institute promoting eco friendly homes and workplaces

Organized in cooperation with Frank Bold.

12. 05. 2015

11:30Drone competition
Norway House, Rue Archimede 17

Tonje Hessen Schei / Norway / 2014 / 78 min.

It's like a game. Pursue your target from high up in the sky and then, with one press of a button, destroy it. Thousands of miles away in the mountains of Pakistan, people are dying. Over the last decade, the US military's massive deployment of drones has changed the face of war. The Americans present it as a key and effective tool aimed at the destruction of Islamists. But what does it look like in reality? Far greater numbers of innocent civilians are killed than terrorists. In the film, which goes behind the scenes of combat operations, we hear from former and current military drone operators, engineers and Pakistani civilians who have survived an attack or lost family members.

Discussion after the film:

Joachim A. Koops, Dean of Vesalius College, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Director of the Global Governance Institute (GGI) 

Moderated by Eric van de Giessen, Movies that Matter.

A light lunch will be offered after the discussion. 

Organized in cooperation with Movies that Matter (The Hague) and the Mission of Norway to the EU.



Permanent Representation of the CR to the EU, Rue Caroly 15

Screening of the winning film War without Trace by the director Manon Loizeau.

Followed by a Q&A with the director and a reception.

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