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 are thematical with three films apiece, and one is cross-sectional and includes five films. Enjoy three interesting feature-length programmes with a total of eleven noteworthy films!

The first thematic package is devoted to this year’s theme – Connection Lost – and includes the documentary E14 showing Great Britain under lockdown. In this pandemic variation of the famous drama Rear Window, filmmaker Peiman Zekavat observes his neighbours who are forced to spend their whole days in their flats. During this, he reaches a disquieting social revelation. The second package is dominated by powerful human rights themes. For instance, the documentary Kofi and Lartey tracks two young boys who work at a Ghanaian electronic waste dump while at the same time, camera in hand, try to present their own story in a detached way. The last package comprises films that belong to other thematic categories. The represented themes include old age (Peel), young environmental activists (What About Our Future?), and the poor accessibility of New York’s metro system (Elevator Pitch). The ten-minute long Kachalka is a true revelation as it presents the hustle and bustle surrounding a fitness gym in rural Ukraine.

The clever usage of the short-length format is equal to a feature length experience. Our Short and Apt category provides proof.

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.

Films in category Short and Apt

We see a closed wooden door installed in the middle of a light-coloured wall. Next to it is a curved series of pictures of rural buildings and a small piece of furniture.

Comfort Zone

One day, Timo decided to lock himself in his room and never leave. He and his mother thus find themselves in a pathological relationship from which no way out can be found.

A dark-haired man wearing sunglasses is sitting on a luxuriously designed, glazed balcony. In the background we see another section of the modern building.


A visual poem that captures the atmosphere of empty, pandemic-stricken central London. Balconies have turned into shop windows for social interactions, and private life is becoming a public affair.

A two-way staircase is divided in half by a rail. On the right, an older, short-haired man is sitting on the third step down. A second person, whose head is not seen in the shot, waits for him at the top of the stairs.

Elevator Pitch

In New York, hundreds of thousands of people live in wheelchairs and many others with reduced mobility. But public transport, especially the subway, remains woefully inaccessible to them.

A large, heavily-muscled man, stripped to the waist, is sitting outside on an exercise machine. There are big barbells attached to the equipment by a large-linked chain both in front of and behind him.


A tyre instead of a punch bag, the wheel of an armoured vehicle instead of a weight. The Kachalka outdoor gym, built out of scrap metal in Soviet times, still attracts visitors as a mecca for Kyiv sports.

A man is carrying a burning tyre attached to a long pole he holds above his head.

Kofi and Lartey

There is a huge waste dump for electronic waste in Ghana’s capital. The locals, including children, make their living here in inhumane conditions.

An older woman with a headscarf and wearing a flowered blouse is shown in profile as she looks ahead. Behind her there is a triple-pane window, and in front of her, to her right, a section of railing.

Last Chance for Justice

Ten years ago, a wave of unrest and violence against the Uzbek minority swept through Kyrgyzstan. A divided society continues to bear the consequences.

A headshot of a man dressed as a woman – a drag queen – who has expressive make-up and is wearing a curly wig. He has a serious, dreamy expression and is most probably in the middle of a performance.


“Mothers often raise their children so that they can fulfil their dreams through them. Maman lives her dream with her children.” This credo of the “matriarch” of a group of drag queens is just the start of an intimate dialogue.

A computer-generated image of a white face emerges from a dark background. It consists of vertical and horizontal lines that form eyes, nose and mouth.

New Gods

A computer algorithm tells the story of a young man who has never had a love relationship and who is preparing to transform his frustration into a bloody catharsis. The algorithm’s task is to find him and to remove hate-filled videos from the digital world.

A slightly abstract cartoon-style drawing with a light background shows an old woman lying in bed. There are other items drawn in the same style around her – a flowerpot, a framed photograph, and a television remote control.


The film captures the reality of everyday life in a home for the elderly through the animation of fleeting gestures, everyday things and fragments of overheard conversations.

A crowd of young people are marching down a city street. Most of them are chanting slogans and holding up signs. The largest of these, a banner reading “OUR FUTURE”, is carried by several people at the forefront.

What About Our Future?

This short documentary presents a group of teenagers from Vancouver, Canada, who are not indifferent to the future of the planet. They have set up a group to draw attention to the dangers of climate change.

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.


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.


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...