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, experiment, reshape it and in return also transform their own identity. 


Films in category Faces of the City

Abandoned Land

Some of the consequences of the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011 could have been prevented. As it transpires, the greatest tragedy for the 150,000 people who were affected was not only the radiation leak, but also the heavy-handed course of the evacuation of the damaged area. However,...

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

A portrait of journalist, writer and activist Jane Jacobs (1916–2006), who greatly influenced today’s appearance of New York and other American cities – not through any megalomaniacal urbanistic visions, but rather resistance to them and an effort to respect a natural order and a view of the city...

Dream Empire

One of the most absurd consequences of China's efforts to adopt the American dream is the country's famous "ghost towns". For seven years the film maker followed the case of Yana, who left the countryside for the city in order to take part in China's economic boom. Her agency provided "Western mannequins"...

Gaming the Real World

One of the most successful computer games of recent times is Minecraft, in which players build virtual worlds from 3D blocks. The 11-year-old son of a Swedish city official is one of many hooked on the phenomenon. Before long, his father realises that this "digital Lego" can easily serve as a tool for...

Shipwrecked America

In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina levelled New Orleans. The US authorities responded to the disaster with massive incentives for entrepreneurs, intended to help revive the city. The documentary summarises the results of these efforts, which have been largely ineffective. The former capital of jazz is...

The Infinite Happiness

What is it like living in a place designed to be the ideal housing for all types of families? In this documentary diary, the directors invite their viewers to visit 8 House – a gigantic housing complex in southern Copenhagen. The building, by the world-famous Danish architectural studio the Bjarke...

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...