Identity, certainty, security. What brings us together? asks One World 2019

Who am I and where do I belong? At a time of political crises, in a divided society and on  the threshold of irreversible climate change, finding an answer to this question is  becoming ever more difficult. We thus all the more urgently feel the need to find our own identity, one that will give us a sense of certainty and security. How to understand ourselves, to differentiate ourselves from others while not creating a deep chasm in society? These are the questions we will be exploring at this year’s 21st One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, which will take place from  to 17 March in Prague and subsequently in 35 other cities throughout the Czech Republic.  

The festival’s slogan, Safe Proximity, refers to a state in which people in society, even if  they are all different, are capable of listening and understanding one another. “The  hate  filled abuse of identity has become a weapon in the hands of some politicians and media outlets who are trying to set one group against the other. The result is a chasm – us versus them. We want to learn what things differentiate us from one another; to find what brings us together and what can make us feel safe and secure while being close to  one another,” says One World’s director Ondřej Kamenický. 

Like last year, the festival’s PR campaign has been organized by Studio MT (Matyáš Trnka in collaboration with Matěj Růžička). The colourful question marks and exclamation points throughout the festival’s visuals and its trailer are a reference to the difficult subject of negotiating one’s identity in a complex and uncertain social climate. “Some of us are more secure about their place in the world, but this sense of security can change over time. Sometimes we know what our goal is, while at other times we ask questions and doubt things. And all along, we meet people with whom we have a lot in common at that particular point in time… and we also have the need to define ourselves in opposition to other people. The question marks and exclamation points in this year’s visual design are thus engaged in battle – although from another point of view we see that, regardless of differences of opinion, we are all inhabitants of the same place, the same universe, the same (one) world,” says Matyáš Trnka.

Besides our three traditional competition categories (Czech Competition, International Competition, and the human rights competition Right to Know) and another nine thematic categories, also returning this year is our programme of special discussions titled Talking Cinema, as part of which we will welcome to Prague experts from a variety of areas, whose talks will be accompanied by screenings of selected films. 


Co nás rozděluje a co spojuje? ptá se Jeden svět 2019 / What differentiates us and what brings us together? One World 2019 asks
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