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 not to participate. For almost a year some of us have been, for various reasons, experiencing a lost connection with the online world where most of ordinary life has moved. 

Some films reflect the pitfalls of the online world and a certain sentimentality for analogue and things physical. In Please Hold the Line, telecommunication technicians take us on a tour through the picturesque East European countryside, where phones and televisions still play a key role in the lives of locals. The film The Impossible Project reflects a love of everything analogue, chiefly Polaroid.

A powerful, shocking example of inequality in new areas is seen in Coded Bias, telling of the racism that artificial intelligence takes on in its algorithms within the context of machine learning. Similarly surprising for some might be I Am Gen Z, as it sensitively and impartially reveals the world of that generation. The film White Noise is a unique tour behind the scenes of the ultra-right scene in the USA, for whom the internet is a key means for expanding its influence.

The Czech film A Marriage stands at the edge between online and offline. Czech Zdenka and Pakistani Tabish fell in love over the internet while playing FarmVille. Everything goes smoothly in the online environment but their offline life is littered with obstacles, such as an unobtainable visa for Tabish.

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.

Films in category Connection Lost

A married couple are at a crossroads in a forest. The darker-skinned Tabish is standing and smiling. His blonde wife Zdenka is sitting in a wheelchair in front of him. She is tilting her head back so she can look into her husband’s eyes and she is laughing. Both are happy.

A Marriage

A longitudinal documentary tracking Zdenka and her Pakistani partner Tabish, who met playing the computer game Farmville and for 5 years lived their relationship chiefly online.

A smiling young man with curly hair holds an as-yet undeveloped polaroid photo in his hand waiting for the image to emerge. A group of people are talking in the background.

An Impossible Project

In today's digital age reviving instant photography, made famous by Polaroid, may seem not only crazy but downright impossible. Nonetheless, this is exactly what the eccentric analogue lover Florian Kaps, known as Doc, tries to do.

View from the perspective of a computer algorithm. We see a black woman with a noticeable afro and large round earrings holding up a white mask to cover her face. There are several connected points on the white mask outlining the basic contours of the scanned face. In the corner we see the message “Face detected.”

Coded Bias

Joy is an African American computer expert. When a facial recognition program ignores her face, Joy decides to test its biases. She dons a white mask – and the program suddenly works.

A neon-coloured blurry photo showing the face of a young woman in the forefront. She is on the street and there is a man on a motorcycle behind her. She is wearing yellow swimming goggles and a surgical mask.

I Am Gen Z

Anxiety and depression. Loss of privacy. Sleep or eating disorders. These are just some problems linked to mobile phone addiction. Members of the Z generation seem to be the most affected by them.

An older woman wearing blue coveralls and a headset stands next to an old-fashioned telephone switch board. She is reaching towards the number dial.

Please Hold The Line

A telecommunications study from rural Eastern Europe, where digitalisation, globalisation and even a simple phone line encounter limitations dictated by atypical conditions.

A man and woman are sitting at a bar. Behind them we see a beer tap, bottles of alcohol on shelves, two puppets and a neon sign reading “Open”. The woman has long, soft blonde hair and is wearing a tight off-the-shoulder dress ending above her knees. It seems as if she is ignoring the man. The man is older and has slicked back hair. He is wearing a checked suit and glasses. He is looking towards the woman and has a lifted index finger.

White Noise

A unique look behind the scenes of a far-right, nationalist influencer cell in the USA. Never before have filmmakers been able to get so close, right to the core of a setting from which hatred and fear are planted on social media.

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...