Who will grab the prizes this year?

This year’s festival program is divided into a total of 14 categories, out of which there are three competition categories – International Competition, Czech Competition and Right to Know. Who will grab the prize from Prague?

International Competition

The International Competition presents documentary films characterized by an inimitable original approach that will vie for Best Film and Best Director awards. The experimental Reconstructing Utøya, which had its international premiere at this year’s Berlinale, uses survivor accounts in an attempt at recreating the 2011 attack on a Norwegian summer camp. For his film Sakawa, director Ben Asamoah traveled all the way to Ghana in order to document the local community’s unusual way of making a living – they use fraudulent emails and false identities to swindle rich Americans and Europeans out of money that they then use to financially support their own families. The tragic death of former UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, which shook the international community in the 1960s, remains shrouded in multiple conspiracy theories. In Cold Case Hammarskjöld, Danish filmmaker Mads Brügger and a Swedish private investigator set out in the footsteps of this case and attempt its reconstruction.  

In Sakawa, three young people from Ghana have established an unconventional business: preying on naïve Americans and Europeans on online dating sites.

Right to Know

The competition category Right to Know calls attention to human rights violations and gives voice to leading activists from around the world. This year, the Václav Havel Jury will chose from twelve documentaries. Being shown in its international premiere is Novaya. This story of the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta offers a one-of-a-kind look inside the work of this leading newspaper, which since 2000 has tragically lost six of its journalists. Está Todo Bien explores the current Venezuelan crisis. On Her Shoulders is a portrait of recent Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nadia Murad, who fights for the rights of the forgotten Yazidi. The importance of citizen journalists is made clear by Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World, which uses specific examples to show how this respected organization works. Using only readily accessible internet sources, Bellingcat’s members help to investigate cases such as the poisoning of agent Skripal or the bombing in Syria. 

Everyone knew about Nadia Murad, a Yazidi who received the Nobel Prize for her battle against sexual violence during wartime. On Her Shoulders shows how difficult it is for her to reopen old wounds.

Czech Competition 

This year’s Czech Competition features a record number of world premieres – seven. The section includes two episodes from the documentary series Czech Journal: The first is Filip Remunda´s The Okamura Brothers, which takes an unconventional look at three very different brothers. The other film, Real(e)state – in which actors experience first-hand how the real estate market works – reflects the fact that lack of accessible housing is a pressing issue in the Czech Republic. The psychological portrait Another Chance is the story of marriage con-artist Mirek and his latest victim Monika, who is waiting for her betrothed to get out of jail. The protagonists of Never Stop are active seniors who show that one can live life to the fullest despite one’s age.  

Kdo si odveze ceny letos? / Who will grab the prizes this year?
Cenu za nejlepší film získal dokument Kamenné srdce režisérů Claire Billet a Oliviera Jobarda / The prize for the best documentary film was awarded to Heart of Stone directors Claire Billet and Olivier Jobard

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