Journeys To Freedom

The films in this category are devoted to the regions where People in Need has long been active and to other non-democratic regimes. This year, in addition to capturing life in the middle of a war or in a disintegrating authoritarian system, the varying perspectives of local and foreign filmmakers place an increased focus on daily life and leisure time in unfree and collapsing countries, where even the most ordinary activity, such as football or music, meets with repression and bans.

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Films in category Journeys To Freedom


Philippine director Alyx Ayn Arumpac presents a frightful testimony about the war on drugs that President Rodrigo Duterte has declared on his people. State-sponsored violence is slowly leading to social disintegration.

Face the Music in Kazakhstan

The Kazakh band Ninety One stirred up the conservative waters of the local music scene and the strictly hierarchical society. Although the musicians wearing makeup, earrings and dyed hair enchanted tens of thousands of fans, in their home country they are facing waves of hatred, concert cancellations, and threats.

Khartoum Offside

Sudanese women practise football without professional equipment, in secret, and separated from the rest of the world by a fence. Although their skill and enthusiasm equal the men’s, the government won’t hear of a women’s team.

Mai Khoi & The Dissidents

Vietnamese singer Mai Khoi decided not to be a conformist pop star and began to draw attention to the lack of freedom in her country, where civil activists, journalists and bloggers are being persecuted and arrested.

Never Again in Venezuela

Dozens of people have already been killed by the Venezuelan security forces for protesting against the regime. The survivors can only hope that their sacrifice was not in vain.

The Cave

In the besieged eastern area of Ghouta 400,000 civilians have become imprisoned, continually facing air raids in the Syrian civil war. For many of them, the last rescue is provided by a hospital with a complex of underground shelters, also called the Cave.

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 Forbidden Strings

Four Afghan immigrants living in the Iranian metropolis dream of becoming rock stars. Now they face a great challenge – their first public concert.


A poetic film about a group of young people in Transnistria, whose adolescence and future lives are shaped by the environment in their native country, which is facing social, political, and economic problems.

War of Art

Do Europeans have a way to artistically enrich North Koreans? And vice versa? The film presents a clash of two views of art and its different roles in society.

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