One World is one of the cornerstones of the People in Need organisation. Since its inception in 1999, it has become the most important festival of its kind in the world, and today its programme is watched annually by over 100,000 viewers throughout the country. One World has also received an honourable mention from UNESCO for its human rights educational initiatives.
People in Need was established in 1992 by a group of war correspondents and foreign correspondents who were no longer satisfied with simply bringing back information to the Czech Republic and therefore began sending out aid. People in Need has gradually established itself as a humanitarian organisation that aims to help in troubled regions and to support the observance of human rights around the world. In the 28 years it has been in existence, it has become one of the biggest non-profit organisations in Central Europe. It also began devoting itself to education and helping people living in social exclusion.
Every year, the One World Festival screens over a hundred quality documentaries from all over the world.
High-quality documentaries from around the world
One World works with a broad definition of human rights, so the programme includes not only documentaries about political issues and development topics, but also films that explore social issues, ecology and lifestyle.
Discussions and debates
The debates with directors, film protagonists, human rights activists and Czech experts are as important for One World as the screenings themselves. We hold discussions after most screenings (Q&A).
Documentaries that are changing the world
The event doesn't end when the closing credits roll. Some documentaries are connected with an awareness campaign that viewers can join. These campaigns often offer an opportunity to help the film protagonists, and in addition you will also find more general campaigns that are not directly related to the film but rather to its topic. There is also information about Czech organisations and initiatives that address the issues explored in the films. There are many ways to get involved and help.
Every year, One World strives to enhance the audio-visual experience of film screenings, whether through a Q&A or extended information on impact campaigns in which viewers can participate. Some films in the programme inspire accompanying events, giving visitors the opportunity to try out for themselves what the protagonists are doing and to take home an even more comprehensive experience. We prepare accompanying events in co-operation with potential partners, non-profit and interest organisations.
Virtual reality projects
One World has been involved in interactive documentary projects since 2014, and has become the first Czech festival to introduce a separate annual category focusing on virtual reality films. Every year, the festival brings the audience about a dozen projects that in an innovative way draw attention to the threats faced by contemporary society – from the climate crisis through the issue of migration to immersive insights into current armed conflicts.
One World for All
We believe that participation in culture and public life is an important human right, and for this reason we endeavour to make the festival accessible to the widest possible audience. All films have Czech subtitles, some films also have descriptive captions for the deaf and hard of hearing. We offer films with an audio description for people who are blind or partially sighted. A selection of the programme is interpreted into Czech sign language and simultaneously transcribed into Czech.
We also screen films for pupils and students
We've also prepared something for our youngest viewers. Every year we select documentary films adapted to school-age children, and for the older ones we have a special offer from the festival programme. In addition, moderated discussions are held within the school screenings. The selected offer for schools is accessible all year round and after the festival on the JSNS.CZ portal.
The festival also includes the awarding of the only Czech international human rights award, Homo Homini, presented to people or groups who have made a significant contribution to the promotion of human rights. Besides moral support for the winners and their loved ones, it attracts greater attention from the international community.
We also screen selected films from each year in Brussels to European politicians and representatives of international organisations, who can influence decisions on important human rights issues. Where active individuals and organisations seek to launch their own human rights documentary festivals, often in countries with undemocratic regimes, we offer support and a helping hand to get started. We have also published the practical guide How to Start a Human Rights Festival.
Films after the festival
The Get Your Audience! project has been operating for 11 years. Thanks to this you can screen selected films shown at One World legally and free of charge all year round, anywhere in the Czech Republic.
One World has long helped to create human rights festivals abroad. In particular, it provides them with advice on programming, production and logistics, media and fundraising strategies, accompanying activities and Q&As. It also participates in Festivals Meet Festivals, a series of seminars and meetings where the organisers of human rights festivals can exchange practical experiences. Several sister festivals have become members of the Human Rights Film Network.
We care about the environment
The One World Festival has set out to achieve sustainability of the festival organisation, and to make important environmental topics available to the public. When preparing and holding the festival, we try to minimise the negative impact on the environment, from separation of waste, through the reduction of unnecessary waste to support for local producers and organisations. One World is also a member of the Green Film Network, bringing together film festivals that address environmental issues and seek to minimise negative impacts on the environment. The Green Film Network also supports and distributes documentaries.
It's not always easy, but we believe it's worth it. We believe that we can contribute to a better environment for all and that we can inspire others to join us.