Over the past 19 years One World has grown into the largest human rights documentary film festival in the world. Organised by People in Need, the festival works with a broad definition of human rights, and therefore in addition to films about political causes and development themes, the programme also includes films about social issues, the environment and lifestyles.
The discussions with directors, film characters, human rights activists and Czech experts are as important for One World as the films themselves. Discussions take place after almost every screening, and panel debates on important current topics are held every evening in the Municipal Library.
For some filmmakers the big screen is just the beginning. They are creating interactive documentaries on the borders between film and computer games, and you can see the latest cross-media projects at One World. We also focus on documentaries with social outreach – films accompanied by campaigns aimed at changing public behaviour or opinion.
We believe that the right to cultural life is a basic human right. We therefore want to make the festival programme available to the blind and visually impaired, to the deaf and hard of hearing, and to people with reduced mobility and mental disabilities.
After 11 days in Prague the festival will move to 32 other cities around the Czech Republic. We are happy that our regional organisational teams are bringing high-quality documentaries to so many places.
In the mornings we will have screenings for primary and secondary schools. We also offer special screenings of short films for children and their parents.
The festival will kick off with the granting of the Homo Homini Award, the only Czech international human rights prize. It will be presented to a person or group that has made a significant contribution to the promotion of human rights. The winners and those close to them also benefit from moral support and greater awareness from the international community.
In the course of the festival the Institute of Documentary Film will organise meetings of filmmakers. The goal of the event is to support Eastern European documentary film.
Every year the selection of films screened in Prague is also brought to Brussels, where we present human rights themes to politicians and government officials. We also help fledgling human rights festivals, especially those in nondemocratic countries. We have published a practical guide entitled How to Start a Human Rights Festival.
We run a project called Get Your Audience!, thanks to which anyone can screen selected films presented at One World for free and legally – not only for oneself, but also for the public. Get Your Audience! now offers 46 great documentaries.
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