Family Happiness

In modern Western society the family is losing its traditional form. Nevertheless it still operates like a traditional safety net. As soon as an individual is not able to bear the weight of individualism and the consequences of his decisions, his closest circle becomes the source of support. But finding the path to one's own family is often a painful process.


Films in category Family Happiness

Brother Jakob

He liked the cheerful company and relaxed evenings. That changed in September 2009, when during a trip through the Moroccan mountains German youngster Jakob read the Koran. He says that upon reading the book he realised that he was a Muslim and converted to Islam. Friends and family watch incredulously...

Call Me Dad

Evening in a conventional, quiet suburb: What is happening behind closed doors? How many households are filled with conflict? The introductory montage of taped calls to a women’s help line, recordings of verbal abuse, and introspective testimony of men after an explosion of aggression evokes the atmosphere...

Future Baby

"We've finished paying for the kitchen, so now we can have a baby," says a 39-year-old woman, who has travelled with her husband to a Spanish clinic in search of a donor egg. Their story is a small part of the mosaic of the whole film. The film maker travelled all over the world to examine the seemingly...

Reflections

Swedish film maker Sara Kroos delves deep within herself, looking for traces of her own identity, which seem to have slipped through her fingers. Equally incomprehensible is her relationship with her mother, the painter Karin. Together they travel to the Lithuanian coast, but physical proximity only...

The Empty Room

Eighteen-year-old Sabri fooled his mother Saliha into thinking that he was going to a friend's wedding – she even prepared a wedding suit for him. Instead he went to Syria to fight for Islamic State. His last words with Saliha were a text message. But the simple announcement of his death was sent...

Two Worlds

Laura is only 12, but she knows how to negotiate a bank loan and how job interviews work Both of her parents are deaf and she spends much time accompanying them and interpreting into sign language. When it comes to dealing with authorities, she is far ahead of her peers, but otherwise she’s a normal...

Who We Were

Kristian and Mette Line have been living together for 12 years when Kristian suddenly collapses. Together with a third of 39-year-old Kristian's brain, which has died due to blood clots, the running of the household and their relationship itself begin to deteriorate. We follow their brave accommodation...

Who's Gonna Love Me Now?

Saar is one of seven children, but he rarely sees his family. Some of his siblings resent the fact that he left Israel for London, some have a problem with his sexual orientation and others are afraid that he might infect their children with HIV. After nearly 20 years abroad Saar is considering returning,...

Other Thematic Categories

International Competition

New films from around the world featuring unique creative approaches will again compete for the Best Film Award and Best Director Award. This is a category for discerning viewers who appreciate inventive...

Right to Know

Competing for the Václav Havel Jury Award will be films with powerful themes, which often first bring to light human rights abuses. They give a voice to the oppressed and significantly contribute to...

Czech Competition

The best Czech documentary films or co-productions focus mainly on Czech themes and seek answers to serious questions about issues like childcare or national security. This year for the first time ever...

Vote for Change!

Documentaries in this category on the one hand show those who selfishly seek power, and on the other hand activists moved by the deteriorating social situation to engage in a merciless political struggle....

Dreams of Europe

Powerful documentaries related to last year's category Finding a Home. They show refugees on their way to Europe, driven forward by a fantasy of perfect paradise, as well as those who have already...

Who is Normal Here?

The heroes and heroines of these films show the courage to cross the clearly drawn borders of the roles ascribed to them by society. These sensitively recorded films penetrate into the lives of people...

Family Happiness

In modern Western society the family is losing its traditional form. Nevertheless it still operates like a traditional safety net. As soon as an individual is not able to bear the weight of individualism...

So-called Civilisation

The films in this traditional, environmentally oriented category are combined with the theme of unsustainable human consumption. The massive infrastructure for meeting our demands is leaving scars on...

Faces of the City

A category whose expert guarantor is the reSITE architectural and urban platform for more liveable cities examines the relationship of urban space and its inhabitants. People manipulate their environment,...

The Power of the Media

The media is an important tool for the dissemination of both creative and destructive thoughts and for both questioning and legitimising authorities. The films in this category present characters in difficult...

Journeys to Freedom

Films from countries where People in Need has long been active or is recently turning its attention. They reflect important social upheavals currently taking place in these countries, and let the people...

Panorama

Czech audiences will have the unique opportunity to see the most successful documentary films from experienced filmmakers from around the world that have been presented and awarded at major international...

Docs for Kids

The festival invites children from eight to fourteen years of age to a series of short documentaries on important social issues. For their younger siblings, a children's corner will be in place throughout...

Special Screening: Video Report RFE/RL

Long-term media partner of One World, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty began focusing on producing videos on the border of journalistic reportage and documentary film, a format unknown in Czech media....

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