Connection Lost: Presenting the Theme and New Format of 23. Edition of One World

Internet connection, webcam, the constant clicking of the mouse, and trying, if only for a moment, to see the people on the other side of the screen. “Connection lost” has become one of the most common messages people encounter during meetings made possible by the technological advances of the internet. It is the computer’s way of informing us of a weak connection or of other technical difficulties that negatively affect our technology-based communication. At the same time, these words perfectly describes the situation that many people have found themselves in during the pandemic. Who has been disconnected merely from a video conference, and who feels disconnected from everyday life? What challenges has the transition to an online world brought us and what is our place within the new reality? These are some of the questions asked by the twenty-third edition of the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, which runs from 10 May to 6 June. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the festival will be held online, accessible from anywhere in the entire Czech Republic. Thus, like last year, there will be just one One World. 

“In deciding on the festival’s main theme, we agreed that One World must, as it always does, reflect current events at home and abroad. In our view, the most pressing issue today is how the ongoing pandemic and the move to an online world have accentuated inequalities in society. We thought about how much control we have over this transformation of our lives at work and school or in the family, and to what extent it is a development that can no longer be stopped,” says festival director Ondřej Kamenický, who also explains the decision to hold the festival online in response to the current situation surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic: “In view of the uncertain situation in the entire cultural sector, where among other things it still isn’t clear when cinemas will reopen, we have decided to hold One World primarily as a virtual event. We will endeavour to provide audiences with as many debates and post-film discussions as possible, and if the situation allows, in late May we will also hold screenings at various outdoor cinemas throughout the Czech Republic.” 

For the fourth year running, the festival’s marketing campaign has been organized by Studio MT (Matyáš Trnka in collaboration with Matěj Růžička). The main motif of this year’s visual is the image of different people at a video conference – today’s alternative to meeting in person. “Frozen faces on the computer screen, the sound of clicking, people cursing, and also the exhaustion that accompanies many daily online video conferences – these are the things we have captured in this year’s visual, which reflects our current lives. The subject’s abruptness is underscored by bright – for some people perhaps almost aggressive – colours that at the same time are easily identifiable even for people with visual impairments,” explains Matyáš Trnka, the creative mind behind the campaign. 

This year’s festival format and its main theme, “Connection Lost,” are made possible thanks to support from One World’s general partner, Pavel Baudiš and Eduard Kučera’s newly established Abakus Endowment Fund, which hopes to focus on difficult social issues that are often outside mainstream interest. 

 


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