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French Institute in Prague
Štěpánská 35, Praha 1

Documentary Film as a Tool for Promoting Democracy

In times of war and crisis, documentary films as a medium offer a versatile means of expression. While many dictators have historically wielded film as a potent tool for propaganda and upholding the status quo, the genre also serves as a conduit for championing democratic ideals—those foundational principles upon which Western society stands.

Documentaries contribute to raising awareness about impoverished and war-torn regions, shedding light on human rights abuses across the globe, and amplifying the voices of marginalised communities.

These potentials of documentary filmmaking will be explored in depth by organisers of human rights film festivals and filmmakers showcasing their works as part of the One World festival programme.