Journeys to freedom

This traditional category is devoted to films from regions in which the Czech non-profit organization People in Need is active or that have long been the subject of their attention. This year’s documentaries thus focus on the humanitarian crisis and development aid in the Philippines, life in repressive regimes such as Cuba, or restrictions against democratic opposition in Russia. Finally, this year's films present unique protagonists who fight for the future of their country and the dignity of women in society, whether in Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan or Ukraine.

Films in category Journeys to freedom


Five years in the life of a courageous young woman named Amal against the backdrop of the rapidly changing political environment in Egypt. What if someone wants the best for their country, but gradually discovers that the greatest battles are with those closest to them?

Facing the Dragon

Journalist Shakila and politician Nilofar are battling for democracy and women’s rights in Afghanistan. A film about courage and finding a balance between love of one’s country and one’s family.

No Obvious Signs

"Hell. Pure hell." This is how a female soldier in Ukraine who participated in the fighting in Donbas describes her experience from the front after returning home.

Putin's Witnesses

An auteur film by renowned documentary filmmaker Vitaly Mansky tells the unique story of how Vladimir Putin came to power 20 years ago.

Unsilenced Voices of Beslan

The Beslan school siege by Chechen terrorists has gone down in modern Russian history as one of the worst tragedies of all time. While the official investigation claims only the terrorists are responsible for the victims, the survivors partly blame the Russian government.

Voices of the Sea

An ageing fisherman, Pita, lives with his young wife, Mariela, in a poor Cuban seaside village. His love for home and reconciliation with his own destiny comes up against Mariela's desire to provide a better future for her children.

Women with Gunpowder Earrings

Iraqi journalist Noor Al Helli reports on the war against Islamic State. She travels to the Iraq-Syria border with a clear idea of good and evil. This gradually disintegrates in the same way as her journalistic distance.


For 5 years the filmmakers tracked 9 children in a remote Philippine village and recorded a harsh testimony about extreme poverty. Health issues, poor harvests and unpredictable weather all present life or death situations.

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