Themes for the 23rd Edition of One World Revealed and the First Screenings Scheduled!

The 23rd year of the One World Festival will open in just one month and we simply can’t wait!

We’re very happy to be able to invite you to the official revelation of this year’s festival theme and how it is being presented. Please join us on 13 April at 7 pm for the live online event associated with a special screening of the first documentary film from this year’s selection. Join us and meet Ondřej Kamenický, the festival director, as he introduces the theme of this year’s special pandemic edition.

You’ll have the opportunity to see, free of charge, director Andrey Gryazev’s  The Foundation Pit (2020, 71 minutes), a film made about the Russian people by the Russian people – an eloquent mosaic portraying what life is like in the world’s largest country, composed of individual YouTube videos made by people living in the various corners of the Russian Federation. In Russia, a country that restricts freedom of speech and where censorship is applied, online videos are becoming a means of communication for the overlooked, and they reveal the full extent of the unresolved social, health, infrastructure, and human rights issues that the citizens of Russia face every day.

The film, which takes its title from the almost century-old utopian novel by the Russian writer Andrei Platonov, reveals the reality of millions of faceless Russians who literally find themselves at the bottom. They eke out an existence on low pensions, live in dilapidated social housing, and struggle with power outages. They have no access to justice or their rights, and no way to battle the political apparatus and corrupt local officials. However, telephones and internet access provide them with a way to mobilise and become active. With anger and tears they turn to the most powerful – to their president – in the belief that he can help. That he will ensure the supply of gas and water, healthcare, and access to the internet. YouTube is becoming the voice of people from places like Kamchatka, Voronezh, Chelyabinsk or Dagestan. One can now hear the unified call of “Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich…” resounding from all corners of the Russian Federation. 

The documentary will be screened in its original language with Czech subtitles.

The film screening will be followed by a discussion about life in present-day Russia led by the journalist Petra Procházková. 

We look forward to having you join us!

Tři ženy a dva muži stojí vyrovnaní v řadě na zarostlém betonovém plácku. Mají na sobě trika s nápisy v azbuce. Za nimi je hrazení z vlnitého plechu a za ním vykukuje betonový skelet velké stavby a dva jeřáby. / Three women and two men stand balanced in a row on a concrete slab. They are wearing T-shirts with Cyrillic inscriptions. Behind them is a corrugated iron fence and behind it peeks the concrete skeleton of a large building and two cranes.

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