International competition

In keeping with tradition, One World seeks to present original films that represent a wide range of documentary work both in terms of form and content. The competition section thus includes a film that takes the form of a micro-series, and a document which intentionally exploits the dynamics of conspiracy theories. We will also see a scenic reconstruction of a terrorist attack and references to the aesthetics of fantasy and cos-play. Most of the films premiered at the beginning of 2019 or the end of 2018; some of them will be presented in world and international premieres.

Films in category International competition

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

The tragic death of UN General Secretary Dag Hammarskjöld in 1961 remains one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century. Even today, there are many questions and conspiracy theories.


14 years after Evelyn decided to commit suicide, those closest to him set out on a trek through the countryside. They want to finally break the silence and openly discuss the entire situation.

Flavours of Iraq

This animated series was based on 1,500 tweets sent into the world by Iraqi-French journalist Feurat Alani in the summer of 2016. The result is not only his biographical portrait, but a brief history of modern Iraq.

Gods of Molenbeek

This is a lyrical film about the friendship of 3 children in the multicultural and multifaith Molenbeek quarter of Brussels, but which, after the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels in 2016, gained a reputation as a hotbed of Islamic terrorism.

Heart of Stone

When he was 12, Ghorban arrived in France from Afghanistan after an arduous 12,000 km journey, but for years his new life was not the one he dreamed of as a child.

Hugo Blanco, Deep River

The “Peruvian Che Guevara” – thus was the man labeled who led Peruvian farmers in their battle against landowners in the 1960s.

China’s Forgotten Daughters

China's notorious one-child policy may have been abandoned in its strictest form, but the consequences for the affected generations will last forever. Especially for the women who have been deprived of their families.

Junha’s Planet

Junha is a South Korean fourth grader whose problem behavior requires an understanding and helpful approach by his parents, teachers and schoolmates.

Love and Empty Words

Wanda was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 5 years ago. Now she relies entirely on her husband. This intimate film shows the strength of love and how it endures even when faced with an incurable disease.

Reconstructing Utøya

How can one reconstruct something so terrible? By means of an intimate theatrical experiment, several survivors attempt to depict the attack on the Norwegian summer camp in 2011.


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

The Magic Life of V

Veera lives between 2 worlds. She escapes from unpleasant reality to LARPing, where, wearing her golden hood, she tries to come to terms with childhood traumas.

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