One World in Brussels will show 11 films to international audience

Eleven films covering various current human rights topics will be screened by People in Need in cooperation with the Czech Center in Brussels and the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the European Union as a part of the 13th International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival One World Festival in Brussels. The festival takes place from 23 April to 30 April in 7 different venues in Brussels, including the European Parliament or the House of European History. The screenings and the following debates bring together filmmakers, human rights defenders and experts, and target representatives of EU institutions and international NGOs, who can contribute to human rights protection around the world.

This year’s edition will cover important topic of protection of journalists and freedom of press through documentary Novaya by director Askold Kurov, author of the film The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov. In his new film, Kurov offers a look behind the scenes of Novaya Gazeta, one of the largest independent newspapers in Russia and the recipient of more than 60 prestigious awards, which has lost six of its journalists who searched relentlessly for inconvenient truths. Guests of the following debate will be photojournalist David Frenkel, who works mainly for Russian magazine MediaZona, and focuses on protests, police violence and courts, and Alexander Verkhovskiy, director of SOVA Center for Information and Analysis.

One World in Brussels will also touch the very pressing issue of the Venezuelan crisis. Film Está Todo Bien will show the consequences of the political crisis in the country, which  led among other things to the collapse of the healthcare system. Civil society and women’s rights activist Aixa Armas from Venezuela accepted the invitation for the debate and she will provide first hand information on how is the crisis affecting ordinary people in Venezuela.

Egyptian director Mohamed Siam will introduce his latest documentary Amal, covering 5 years in life of a courageous young woman named Amal against the backdrop of the rapidly changing political environment in Egypt. As she grows up, she learns that finding a place in a society dominated by men will be at least as demanding as finding a new face for her country. Egyptian activist based in France, Sérénade Chafik, will be one of the guests in the after-screening debate.

You can find the full programme at https://www.oneworld.cz/2019/one-world-in-brussels-programme.

For interviews with our guests or more information, do not hesitate to contact Zuzana Gruberová, festival organizer and media coordinator, zuzana.gruberova@peopleinneed.cz, +420770101144