One World heads to 33 cities around the country

 

One World in Prague finished on 15 March and moved to 32 other towns around the Czech Republic. The town of Semily is new to the One World family this year. The films will be screened in the legendary, recently renovated Jitřenka (Morning Star) theatre, in which films were first screened nearly a hundred years ago. "We decided to join the One World Film Festival because we wanted to supplement our regular cinema programme with interesting projects and festivals," said Linda Novotná, one of the main organisers of One World in Semily. "We think that a festival of documentary films on human rights is something that we lack in Semily and a way to broaden the horizons of the local audience. I can already tell you that directors like Zuzana Piussi, Eva Tomanová and Dominik Feri will be visiting us during the festival."

With a population of 8,000 Semily is one of the smallest towns in which One World will take place. The smallest is Police nad Metují, with 4,000 inhabitants, many of whom see the festival as an opportunity to meet every year after a long winter. "People come to us repeatedly, enjoying the atmosphere of the cinema and the café, which is only open during the festival," says chief coordinator Marie Hornychová. "We specialise in screenings at schools. Every year, we hold discussions with more than 2,000 pupils and students. It's hard work, but we see that it has a purpose." This is the sixth year in which the festival will be held in Police nad Metují.

Other cities have big plans too. Plzen for the first time will use the fantastic facilities of Moving Station, a formerly dilapidated station building recently converted into a multifunctional cultural centre. In Havlíčkův Brod, the organisers have created a programme of creating yarn from second-hand clothes in cooperation with Motanice organisation. There will be live music, a DJ, and thanks to cooperation with the library the documentary films will be connected to literature. In Tábor readings are being prepared as well as exhibitions of posters by students of graphic design. Tišnov has an art cooperation concept in which the audience will be taught acrobatic yoga exercises before the screening of one of the films.

 


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