Right To Know

The films competing for the Václav Havel Jury Award have strong themes. They cast light on major human rights violations, give the oppressed a voice, and support the battle against oppression and undignified living conditions. This year’s films focus on harsh national measures, such as the Philippines’ war on drugs, or the way in which politics and big business are connected. In both cases, it’s the weakest and most vulnerable members of society who pay the price. But they don’t give up; they carry on fighting for the right to due process in Israel or the right to land and clean water in Brazil and Canada, or continue speaking out against censorship and the restriction of basic human rights in Vietnam.

Máte právo vědět

Films in category Right To Know


For almost 50 years Israeli lawyer Lea Tsemel has defended clients she considers to be political prisoners. The vast majority of the public has a different name for them – terrorists.

Another Paradise

Over 50 years ago the British government leased the Chagos Islands to the US to build a military base. The former inhabitants still live in exile.


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.

Behind the Blood

In politically unstable Honduras the security situation is bleak. Extreme crime, murder and violence are commonplace here.

Discount Workers

Eight years ago, fire broke out in a cellar workshop in Karachi, Pakistan, where clothing was made for a German chain store. 258 people were buried under the ruins.

For Sama

After years under siege, the Syrian city of Aleppo has turned into a ghost town. It is the backdrop for a dramatic story of a filmmaker capturing the course of a never-ending conflict as a testimony for her new-born daughter Sama.


People without access to farmland express their discontent with the situation in Brazil through radical, community-wide protests.

Lost Home

Young Slovak director Juraj Mravec witnessed the war in Iraq in close proximity to suffering and death. This experience became the basis for his film about war and male friendship.

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.

Prison for Profit

Torturing prisoners with electroshocks and the forced application of depressants are only two consequences of the privatisation of a South African prison as revealed in this Dutch investigative documentary.

Sea-Watch 3

The crew of Sea-Watch 3, led by her captain, Carola Rackete, rescued more than forty refugees from drowning in the Mediterranean. A few days later, they were facing another dismal situation as one European harbour after another refused to let them cast anchor.

There's Something in the Water

Canadian actress Ellen Page sets out on a trip through her native province of Nova Scotia. The main trigger for the journey and making this film was the eponymous book by Ingrid Waldron, which draws attention to a new phenomenon: environmental racism.

Welcome to Chechnya

In Chechnya, homosexuality is a disgrace – for the individual and their family. Those who have escaped now have the chance to tell their story.

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