Right To Know

This competitive section historically reveals human rights violations one should know about, even though they are rarely covered by the media. All the screened films share the key feature of strong activist protagonists through whose stories we learn valuable information about the current situation in various countries.

In the film A Thousand Cuts, Philippine journalist Maria Ressa surprises with her immediacy and unwavering defence of the free media. Similarly surprising may be the remote islands of reform Islam through which viewers are led by Seyran Ateş, the founder of Berlin’s first liberal mosque, which is a thorn in the side of conservative Muslims. The film Fly So Far also thematises the position of women, in this case women who are punished on the basis of El Salvador’s draconian anti-abortion laws.

The diverseness of the category is broadened by the film Arica about a Swedish mining company’s export of hazardous waste to Chile, the film Only the Devil Lives Without Hope presenting the political opposition in Kyrgyzstan, and the documentary Writing with Fire. This last-named film tracks an exceptional group of women from the Untouchable caste in India who break down stereotypes in a society bound by tradition and work as investigative journalists, and it won the Audience Award at Sundance. The selection also takes viewer to China, as captured by the famous filmmaker Nanfu Wang during the covid pandemic in her film In the Same Breath.

Asi dvacet tváří hledí směrem do kamery. Jsou to Asiaté, přes pusu a nos mají chirurgickou roušku. Stojí těsně vedle sebe v řadách za sebou, muži i ženy promíchaně. V levé ruce drží kytice zabalené do papíru a v pravé čínskou vlaječku. Někteří s vlaječkou mávají, většina se tváří velmi vážně./About 20 faces are staring at the camera. They are Asians, they were surgical masks over their mouths and noses. They stand close together in rows, men and women mixed. Each of them holds a bouquet of flowers wrapped in paper in their left hand and a Chinese flag in their right. Some wave the flag, most look very serious.

Films in category Right To Know

The reflection in a car rear-view mirror shows a woman wearing glasses and holding a phone next to her ear. She has a worried expression. The space surrounding the mirror is blurry. Based on the lights, the setting is either an underground garage or a tunnel.

A Thousand Cuts

Philippine President Duterte leads an unconditional war against drugs as well as against his opponents, chiefly the independent press. The chief target is the Rappler news server and its unyielding director Maria Ressa.

A woman stands in front of a high wall consisting of dozens of rectangular memorial plaques, each of a different type and with a different inscription. A hilly landscape rises above the wall.

Arica

A Swedish mining company transported toxic waste to the Chilean city of Arica in the mid-1980s. The locals still suffer from health problems. All they want is justice.

A woman wearing a turtleneck and with her hair smoothed back gazes out of a barred window. She is holding one of the bars with her left hand.

Fly So Far

Teodora Vásquez was accused and subsequently sent to prison for homicide after suffering an obstetric emergency. The years behind bars did not break her. On the contrary, they inspired her to fight for the rights of other unjustly punished women in El Salvador.

A pregnant woman with long braids who is barefoot and wearing a long patterned dress is swinging on a swing suspended from a tree. She leans back luxuriously as she swings forward. The surrounding landscape is rocky with several trees.

Childbirth Banned In Paradise

Hundreds of tourists flock to Fernando de Noronha Island daily. At the airport they pass crying pregnant women, who must temporarily leave this paradise. Since 2004, the Brazilian government has ordered them to give birth only on the mainland.

About 20 faces are staring at the camera. They are Asians, they were surgical masks over their mouths and noses. They stand close together in rows, men and women mixed. Each of them holds a bouquet of flowers wrapped in paper in their left hand and a Chinese flag in their right. Some wave the flag, most look very serious.

In the Same Breath

In terms of the coronavirus crisis, 2020 unfolded in surprisingly similar ways in China and the USA - in summary, in a tragic underestimation of the situation and in lying to their own citizens. Who is responsible?

The close-up photo shows the faces of a man and a small child, both with their eyes closed, lovingly pressed together. The child has very curly hair. There is a glowing monitor screen or tablet in the background.

Not Going Quietly

The doctors told Ady Barkan he has four years to live. He therefore decided to live them in such a way that his son will be proud of him one day and has dedicated himself to a campaign to change healthcare in the USA.

A woman in a short-sleeved shirt stands in the foreground gazing with hope into the distance. She is holding a photo of a man who is wearing a suit and has an unreadable expression on his face. The backdrop is formed by woven fabric with a distinctive Oriental pattern.

Only Devil Lives without Hope

Human rights activist Dilya tirelessly battles for the release of her brother Iskandar. Sixteen years ago, he was thrown in Uzbekistan's Jaslyk Prison, notorious for torturing prisoners.

A woman dressed in black sits cross-legged on the floor in a white room. Her hands are folded in her lap and she is gazing ahead with a worried look on her face. There is a round spherical object made of bars in the back, and on the left there are radiators below large grated windows.

Seyran Ates: Sex, Revolution and Islam

The story of an enlightened Muslim imam, feminist and human rights activist who seeks to free Islam from gender discrimination and open it to those for whom it has long been closed off.

In the forefront we see a person wearing a protective suit and helmet dragging a piece of white canvas attached to a pole over the grass. There are rows of flagpoles with many flags along the sides and an imposing building in the back.

The Red Ring

Through his own experience with a serious, life-threatening and mysterious disease, Joonas Berghäll reveals the hardships experienced by people with chronic Lyme disease.

In the forefront we see a woman wearing traditional Indian attire. She is filming or taking a photo with her mobile phone. Next to her is a man with professional camera equipment. There are many other men surrounding them. All of them are looking at something to the right.

Writing With Fire

To make a revolution in the Indian caste system is challenging for them, but they are succeeding very well at digital revolution. The women's editorial board, made up of members of the lowest caste and led by reporter Meera, has been fighting for human rights in India for 14 years.

Other Thematic Categories

Uprostřed stojí voják v těžké výstroji. Před sebou má opřený štít, ve kterém je zasunutá fialová květina. Přes obličej má masku, která zakrývá jeho nos a tváře, hledí do dáli. Po jeho pravici i levici stojí o kousek dál a o pár schodů výš další vojáci./In the middle stands a soldier in heavy body armour. He has a shield in front of him, in which a purple flower is inserted. He has a mask over his face that covers his nose and cheeks; he is looking into the distance. Other soldiers stand to his right and left, a little further and a few steps higher.

International Competition

The International Competition traditionally includes the world’s best documentary films, presenting the most recent documentaries that bring together important themes with exclusive handling of form....

Asi dvacet tváří hledí směrem do kamery. Jsou to Asiaté, přes pusu a nos mají chirurgickou roušku. Stojí těsně vedle sebe v řadách za sebou, muži i ženy promíchaně. V levé ruce drží kytice zabalené do papíru a v pravé čínskou vlaječku. Někteří s vlaječkou mávají, většina se tváří velmi vážně./About 20 faces are staring at the camera. They are Asians, they were surgical masks over their mouths and noses. They stand close together in rows, men and women mixed. Each of them holds a bouquet of flowers wrapped in paper in their left hand and a Chinese flag in their right. Some wave the flag, most look very serious.

Right To Know

This competitive section historically reveals human rights violations one should know about, even though they are rarely covered by the media. All the screened films share the key feature of strong activist...

Mužská hlava z poloprofilu zabírá pravou polovinu fotky. Muž má zavřené oči, má mokré vlasy sčesané dozadu, ze kterých stéká nahnědlá napěněná tekutina, která teče i přes obličej./A man

Czech Competition

This year, the Czech Competition category went through several about-faces. A physical festival, as envisioned in the initial plans for this edition, appeared to be a wonderful starting point for many...

Žena v modré zástěře stojí mezi vysokými regály. V ruce má červené sluchátko od vytáčecího telefonu, který stojí na poličce před ní.  Z telefonu vede kabel, který žena zastrkuje do zdířky ve stěně, která slouží jako ústředna./A woman in a blue apron stands between high shelves. In her hand she holds the red handset of a rotary phone, which is standing on the shelf in front of her. A cable leads from the phone, which the woman plugs into the socket in the wall, which serves as a switchboard.

Connection Lost

This year’s main thematic category reflects the reality many of us experience daily in the pandemic world. Some get more swallowed up by life online, others don’t have sufficient access or choose...

Ve třídě stojí před tabulí dvě řady žen v půlkruhu, tváří se vážně. Žena úplně vpravo drží papír a něco říká, dívá se směrem k nám. Na sobě mají oblečení spíše v šedavých a hnědých tónech./In a classroom, two rows of women stand in a semicircle in front of a blackboard, looking serious. The woman on the far right is holding a piece of paper and saying something, looking towards us. They are wearing dull grey and brown clothes.

Russian Standard

The category strives to bring a flexible image of a country in which the Czech film public has been historically interested. The selection was not made with the intent of solidifying the usual stereotypes...

Do zhasnuté místnosti vchází jeptiška. Je nasvícená světlem z chodby. V přední části jsou dvě postele, na každé spí jedna žena. Na jednou postelí je křížek./A nun enters a dark room lit only by a light from the hallway. In front there are two beds, one woman sleeping in each. There is a cross over one bed.

Our Daily Sex

“Give us this day our daily bread” – this phrase from the best-known Christian prayer is one of the most repeated spiritual and earthly mantras. It calls for satisfying one of the basic human needs...

Ve vodě je starší žena, je nahá, leží naznak, má bílé vlasy stažené dozadu, ruce si dává k zavřeným očím a má černě nalakované nehty. Voda má ocelovou barvu./An elderly woman is in the water. She is naked, lying on her back, her white hair pulled back, hands next to her closed eyes and black polished nails. The water is the colour of steel.

Old Age Rises

Young people don’t think about the fact that one day they will disappear forever. Maybe this is one of the reasons why senior citizens, although they make up about 16% of the Czech Republic’s population,...

Uprostřed vodní plochy jedou malé děti na červené oprýskané loďce. Dívka pádluje na své pravé straně, pádlo zrovna vytáhla z vody. Dívá se do nebe, kluk je v podřepu, kouše si prsty a jakoby se díval do kamery. Hladina vody je nahnědlá a klidná. V pozadí jsou po obou stranách domy na kůlech a vlevo vyrůstá z vody zeleň. Fotka má výrazné barvy./Small children are riding on a peeling red boat in the middle of the water. A girl is paddling on her right side, she has just pulled the paddle out of the water. She looks at the sky, a boy is squatting, biting his fingers and appears to be looking at the camera. The surface of the water is brown and calm. In the background there are houses on stilts on both sides and plants are growing out of the water on the left. The photo has vibrant colours.

Journeys To Freedom

This category comprises films set in countries with non-democratic regimes and from areas where People in Need is active – whether providing humanitarian and development aid or supporting human rights...

Mezi krajkovými bílými záclonami zavěšenými v několika řadách za sebou zpola vykukuje klidně sedící muž v bílém oblečení, nohy má křížem. Zprava k němu přichází tygr./Between several rows of hanging white curtains, a man wearing white clothes and with legs crossed peeks out at us. A tiger approaches him from the right.

UnEarthed

Every year, One World brings to the table questions about environmental balance. Last year, the traditional UnEarthed category even became the festival’s main section. This year, the festival once again...

Dívka je ve vodě, před ledovou stěnou. Vypadá to, jakoby šlapala vodu. Hlavu má nad hladinou, na očích má potápěčské brýle. Pod hladinou vidíme zbytek těla, na nohou má ploutve. Voda je průzračně modrá a hladina lehce zvlněná./A girl is in the water, in front of a wall of ice. It looks like she

Long Live Life

The festival’s annual Long Live Life! section represents an oasis of relaxation in our programme. It is devoted to films that tell stories of unusual hobbies and alternative lifestyles, which move life...

Muž drží před svým obličejem zvětšovací sklo kulatého tvaru, skrz které vidíme jeho tvář. Muž se tváří vážně, má latinskoamerické rysy, na hlavě má černou kšiltovku./A man is holding a round magnifying glass in front of his face, through which we can see his face. The man looks serious. He has Latin American features and has a black cap on his head.

Panorama

This popular category comprising the greatest hits of the past season once again offers a diverse mix of themes. Two notable Hungarian HBO productions show us how simply trauma can arise from a trip to...

Ve zpětném zrcátku, které je v pravé části fotky, se odráží část tváře blonďaté ženy středního věku. Pozadí fotky je rozmazané, zbarvené do zelena s pár odrazy světel jiných aut./The rear-view mirror, which is on the right side of the photo, reflects part of the face of a middle-aged blonde woman. The background of the photo is blurred, coloured green with a few reflections of the lights of other cars.

Short and Apt

In addition to feature-length documentaries, One World will once again offer human rights audio-visual content in short-length format. These short documentaries are organised into three packages: two...

Grafika počítačové hry. Nepravidelný útvar hnědé barvy levituje uprostřed. V pozadí jsou nazlátlé klenby, ve kterých se odráží světlo. V pásmu mezi útvarem a klenbami jsou čtyři roztříštěné objekty připomínající zrcadla, jsou zpola rozpadlé. Pod nimi je rozmázlá stříbřitá barva připomínající pivní pěnu./Computer game graphics. An irregular brown formation levitates in the middle. In the background are golden vaults, in which light is reflected. In the zone between the formation and the vaults, there are four shattered objects resembling mirrors, they are half disintegrated. Beneath them is a smudged silvery colour somewhat resembling beer foam.

One World Interactive

People around the globe have had just about enough of living in virtual worlds over the past year. Endless conference calls and the ubiquitous mobile phone screens have become our nemesis, from which...

Jeden svět dětem/Docs For Kids

Docs For Kids

One World never forgets about younger viewers. In the Docs for Kids category we introduce films that are made taking school-aged children into account. These are short, dubbed films that will allow school...