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 who are forced to deal with them speak for themselves.


Films in category Journeys to Freedom

A Revolution in Four Seasons

The authoritarian Tunisian regime fell in 2011 after a wave of demonstrations, and the people could freely elect their political representatives for the first time. This film tracks the lives of 2 influential women, who, post-revolution, are actively fighting for the democratisation of their country,...

Colours of the Alphabet

First-graders sit at desks in a small rural school and stare blankly at their teacher. They aren't stupid; they just do not understand her. Their mother tongue is Soli, but it is uncommon in Zambia and teachers usually do not know it. Before children begin learning to read, write and count, they must...

Convictions

How easy is it for a conscientious objector to refuse military service in today's Russia? Although it is permitted by the constitution, a recruitment commission can reject the request. The film follows the efforts of four young men who are attempting to persuade the authorities and the commission about...

Letters from the Pamirs

The Kyrgyz people in Jerge-Tal district of Tajikistan, seek a path of peaceful coexistence with Tajiks, which requires an abiding respect and acceptance of difference. Their success, albeit qualified, is a rarity within Central Asia, which has been the setting for sobering devastation in the last 150...

Rodnye (Close Relations)

Film maker Vitaly Mansky, of Ukrainian origin but with a Russian passport, returned to his homeland in order to follow closely the development of society after the events at Maidan. As his main observational tool he chose his own extended family, spread throughout Ukraine, from Lviv to Odessa, from...

The Black Sheep

Ausman believed that without Gaddafi Libya would become a democratic state. When he joined the revolutionary wave of the Arab Spring, he fought for a free society and better living conditions. Three years after the fall of the regime, however, the country is mired in chaos and clan wars, and is plagued...

The War Show

In March 2011 the Arab Spring reached Syria. Radio DJ Obaidah Zytoon and her friends join the street protests against the regime of Bashar al-Assad and decide to film the dramatic events. The atmosphere of excitement and hope for change was soon dashed by the regime’s brutal response and harsh repression....

Transit Havana

Changing gender on a ration card seems like a weird joke – but not in Cuba. Since 2008, it has been possible to undergo a sex change operation on the island, but as in the case of many other things in Cuba there is a waiting list. Once a year for several days, doctors from Netherlands and Belgium...

When Will This Wind Stop

Crimean Tartars have suffered much. Stalin’s purges and forced deportation kept them away from their homeland for almost 50 years. After their return in 1988, they had little time to enjoy it. Since the 2014 Russia annexation, they again face repression and wonder if it might not be better to leave....

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....

One World Interactive

While conventional documentaries show different worlds, films in virtual reality put viewers directly into them. Faraway realities thus suddenly become very present. These films also assume some of the...