Apart from this year’s main theme focused on the health of our planet, one of this year’s annual sections looks at the health of its inhabitants, particularly healthcare systems that are in crisis around the world, sometimes even on the brink of collapse. The selected films include themes such as corruption in healthcare, the lack of qualified medical staff, and the battle against pharmaceutical giants. There are also films that cover the broader context of nursing services and the personal stories of people dealing with illness.


Films in category Diagnosis

Are You There?

An insight into the life of epileptics turns into an essay on basic existential questions. With the help of psychologists and artists, the four protagonists try to convey what their consciousness is experiencing at times when it seems to the outside world that they "are not here."

Beyond the Salween River

A group of doctors on the Thai-Burmese border provide healthcare in places where state infrastructure is practically non-existent.


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?

Lost in Memories

A deeply moving portrait by a son, made to preserve memories of his father who, because of encroaching dementia, gradually turns from an active farmer into a confused and angry man lost in his own mind.

Midnight Family

The desperate lack of state ambulances in Mexico City has opened the door for private individuals to provide their own emergency transport for patients. When saving lives they find themselves on the fringes of the law and existential distress.


Pomm works as a nurse in a small private home for Alzheimer's patients in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Meanwhile, Maya lives with her husband in Switzerland, but he and his daughters gradually come to the conclusion that they are unable to provide the necessary care.

The Fever

What if there were a simple, cheap, solution to the battle against malaria? It sounds good, but not everyone likes it. Richard, an entomologist from the University of Nairobi, herbal practitioner Rehema, and the health volunteer organiser Gertrude believe that Africa can defeat parasites on its own.

Other Thematic Categories

Mezinárodní soutěž

International competition

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Right To Know

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Czech competition

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Masculinity and Femininity

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Gaps in the System

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Čína – mocná i bezmocná

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Cesty ke svobodě

Journeys To Freedom

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One Zero

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atzijezivot (2)

Long Live Life

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Short and Apt

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Retrospektiva: Nanfu Wang

Retrospective: Nanfu Wang

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Docs For Kids

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