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 a children’s camp (Return to Epipo), and also how Hungarian majority society is intolerant of a lesbian couple raising a young daughter (Her Mothers). 

Three films take us into the midst of community life, with each looking at the phenomenon differently. In The Fourth Kingdom, the Kingdom of Plastics, we see how even a dump site for plastic waste can become an original community centre and a safe environment for people who have lost their jobs or homes. In comparison, in Songs of Oppression we observe a German community which wanted to establish a new and uniquely cohesive society in faraway Chile after WWII – instead, their life became hell. In Amazonian Cosmos, the indigenous inhabitants of Brazilian rainforests are battling flames as well, while their community vanishes day by day because of predatory industry. 

Films focused on the human psyche are strongly represented. This particularly applies to Beautiful Something Left Behind, which takes us into the fragile world of children who have lost a parent or sibling to death, and the musical road movie The Hero’s Journey to the Third Pole, which strives to achieve greater respect for people with bipolar disorder through guitars and song. 

Most of these films were screened at prestigious festivals (such as Hot Docs, CPH: DOX, Tribeca, and IDFA) over the course of 2020.

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.

Films in category Panorama

A woman with her curly blond hair tied back in a ponytail, stands in profile next to a wall covered with conspicuous graffiti.

A Loss of Something Ever Felt

A tangled odyssey takes young Estonian Eeva to the slums of Bogota, Colombia, where the girl searches for her missing, estranged brother. At the same time, she is worried about the condition in which she will find him.

The head of a snake rises in front of the blurred face of an indigenous man with long dark hair. The man has the snake wound around his wrist.

Amazonian Cosmos

Jaider, a Macuxi man from the Amazon, leaves the jungle and sets out on a journey to try and pass on his people’s warning to ordinary people and the world’s religious leaders.

A small boy with short blond hair thoughtfully looks toward the front. He is wearing a singlet and there are blurry lights visible in the distance behind him.

Beautiful Something Left Behind

A documentary presenting the stories of children trying to cope with the loss of their parents through the community meetings organised by Good Grief.

A black boy with dark hair and wearing a sweatshirt is holding a book and concentrating on reading. Behind him we see the phrase “Double Consciousness” handwritten on a white background.

Black Boys

How do black children, adolescents and men grow up and live in the United States? This polyphonic statement "from within" touches the boundaries of racial prejudice and provides an understandable context for the Black Lives Matter movement.

A small child is sitting in a hooded jacket with its back to the camera. There are two short-haired women kneeling facing the child, both smiling from ear to ear.

Her Mothers

The decision to start a family is not easy. In Orban’s Hungary, where the rights of sexual minorities are systematically oppressed, it’s even harder, but that is what lesbian couple Nóra and Virág are trying to do.

A group of seven randomly positioned children, dressed as Native Americans and wearing white masks, are playing with wooden sticks in a white room.

Return to Epipo

The Epipo summer camp in Hungary left deep scars in children's souls. Many years later, one of the participants reveals the disturbing truth about what she and the other children experienced at the time.

An older man and women wearing old-fashioned clothes are sitting next to each other on a sofa in a cosy living room. There is a decorative picture to the left of the woman, and several pictures are hanging on the wall above them.

Songs of Repression

"I still have nightmares about a man standing in the middle of a circle, everyone shouting at him, and then him being beaten terribly," recalls a resident of the German village of Villa Baviera in Chile. The former colony of Dignidad was one of the most brutal sects in history.

A hard-to-identify figure dressed in sack-like clothing with a hood stands in a narrow alleyway filled with rubbish. They have a sack filled with more rubbish slung over one shoulder. There is a container with wide open doors in the background.

The Fourth Kingdom, The kingdom of plastics

A film that takes viewers to a community garden shows what life is like on the fringes of society in downtown New York. In a flood of colourful garbage, cans and beer bottles, quirky New Yorkers go in search of their American dream.

Three large elephants are standing in a meadow, each with a rider on its back. In the front, there is a woman standing to the left of the middle elephant petting its trunk, and there is a man with long blond hair and wearing a white suit standing between the middle elephant and the one furthest right.

The Hero's Journey to the Third Pole

Icelandic musician and former member of the GusGus band Högni Egilsson and film producer Anna T. Edwards both have bipolar syndrome. During a non-traditional concert tour in Nepal, they try to raise awareness about the importance of mental health.

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...