International competition

The International Competition presents the most original films that have appeared on the world’s documentary scene over the past few months. Three quarters of this year’s selection consists of films that will have their European, international, or world premiere at One World; the rest comprises the most notable films from recent festivals, such as Sundance and the Berlinale. The mix of essay and narrative films covers diverse themes from the world over, such as China’s air pollution, Bhutan’s discovery of the internet, women’s emancipation in Africa, imprisonment, and anorexia.

Mezinárodní soutěž

Films in category International competition

Acasa, My Home

A 20-year escape from Romania's growing capital is now coming to an end. A modern family of hermits must integrate into the system and accept all its pros and cons.


On 30 October 2015 fire broke out in a Bucharest nightclub during a concert, claiming 64 lives. But more than half the victims didn’t die till they reached hospital. How can that be?

Eye to Eye

A Finnish organisation helps the families of victims of violent crime to mourn. But a key point on the agenda is meeting the person who caused the death of the loved one.

Mrs. F.

In Nigeria, it's as if women are not even part of public life. An activist known as "Mrs. F." organises workshops and public appearances at which she tries to help women claim the respect of their community.


In Nicaragua’s mountains, one woman decides to defy a fate that is to a great extent defined by machismo culture.


Vetri decided to find her fellow former child soldiers. They, like her, fought for the independence of the Tamil state in northern Sri Lanka. Talking together, they open up the traumas of war and reveal stories that were meant to be forgotten.

Sing Me a Song

What impact can digital technologies have on the integrity of the ancient spiritual tradition of Buddhism? A time-lapse portrait of a young monk from a monastery in a remote corner of the mountains of Bhutan explores one of the less discussed risks of the digital revolution.

Smog Town

China, long plagued by smog, has declared war "for the defence of the blue sky." An important battle is underway in the city of Langfang near Beijing.

The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

For one mother and her children, making a film together is a way of coming to terms with the trauma of war in Donbass, Ukraine.

The Painter and the Thief

A documentary double-portrait of the marvellous friendship formed between a Czech painter living in Oslo and a Norwegian felon convicted of stealing her paintings from a gallery.

The Reason I Jump

How do children and adolescents with autistic spectrum disorders experience the world? An illustrative example is provided in a book by Japanese author Naoki Higashida, whose reflections on his own experience with autism led to the making of a film of the same name.

The Self Portrait

She is fascinated by human faces – but she hid her own for a long time. In an effort to stop time, Lene became enchanted by photography, but also the desire never to grow up and to have total control over her own body.

This Train I Ride

Riding freight trains as a nomadic lifestyle, a negation of contemporary society or an escape from the family. Against the background of the passing landscape, the documentary presents a portrait of women who have completely fallen into this (in)dependence.

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