We are looking for home and with it our own identity

The thematic focus of this year's festival emerged from current events around the arrival of refugees to Europe. Due to the level of public debate, however, we decided not to focus our attention on the migrants, but on ourselves, who already have a home and must welcome the new arrivals to it.

The ongoing events have forced us to think about what home means to us, what part of it we are willing to share, and what part, on the contrary, we intend to keep for ourselves. "The migrant crisis has shown us a lot, especially about ourselves," said festival director Hana Kulhánková. "This is the direction we will also take in this year's One World, in which we will examine home from many angles. While watching hundreds of films and preparing campaigns, we realized that home cannot be displayed. It is a complex series of values, not just a favourite pair of slippers."

Most of us are used to taking home for granted and only begin to pay attention to it when we lose it. "The topic of home permeates the whole program and is very often associated with loss or, on the contrary, discovery," said Kulhánková. "Even in the heart of Europe it is easy to lose your home, whether due to domestic violence, seizure of assets or change of values. This year's films are about this too." An interesting view of home is presented by several films focusing on landgrabbing, the violent seizure of land belonging to poor farmers by global corporations and governments.

How then has home been depicted in the festival's visuals? The posters feature a bunch of shiny and colourful key fobs, which are missing the one essential – keys. The cheap pieces of plastic are a symbol of the shallow consumerism that we fall prey to even in relation to home. The slogan "Looking for Home" refers not only to the geopolitical problems of today's world, but also to the search for the identity of common home. The concept was created by Bohdan Heblík and Luboš Svoboda.


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