You’ll See Them Here First: Premieres at This Year’s One World


At One World, we can’t offer you red carpets and  opulent evenings with Hollywood stars, but we do have the pleasure of presenting several major film premieres – twenty in fact. Let’s take a look at the most interesting ones.

Five documentaries will see their world premieres, meaning it is the very first time they are being publicly screened. Belgian director Pieter-Jan Van Damme (who, by the way, speaks Czech fairly well) will screen his feature film debut on Wednesday, 7 March, starting at 8:30 pm at the Bio OKO cinema. His documentary We’re Going the Same Way is played out in distant Kyrgyzstan. This story of a father and son who must travel far from their homes to earn a living illustrates how difficult life is in the poorest of the post-Soviet republics, where corruption is the rule of the day and the law serves only the most powerful.

In China, every child has the right to an education. However, if you come from a dissident family, things work a little bit differently. In his documentary, Anni, Chinese independent director Zhu Rikun tracks an activist movement which has united on the Weibo social network to fight for Anni’s right to attend primary school. Take advantage of the opportunity to see the premiere screening of this film on 9 March at 6:00 pm at the Ponrepo Cinema.  This venue isn’t all that large, so don’t delay – buy your tickets soon.

Three Czech documentaries are also set to premiere during the festival. Director Saša Dlouhý’s God Forsaken, about the life of migrants in the Czech Republic, will be introduced to the public for the first time on Tuesday, 6 March, at 8:30 pm,  at Světozor Cinema in the Large Hall. Then, at the same venue on Saturday, 10 March at 6:00 pm, audiences will have the opportunity to se Andran Ambramjan’s Empire Builders, which presents the activities of local extremist anti-Islam activists in the form of a staged show. The world premiere screening of director Eva Lammelová’s AsexuaLOVE – the first documentary to explore the asexual subculture in our country – will take place on Wednesday, 7:45  pm, at the Atlas Cinema.

This is by no means all. Our festival programme includes the international premiere of an additional twelve documentaries. Be sure to catch the Dutch/Chinese co-production Lady of the Harbour, which, with humour and understanding, tracks the lives of Chinese immigrants in Greece, who have come to see the war in Syria as a way in which they can repay their own historical debt, and with great élan provide humanitarian aid to refugees from the Middle East.

The Swiss documentary Second Hand Heroes is linked with a huge festival swap meet – an event where you can bring something you no longer need at home and trade it for something that will come in handy. This great exchange will take place on 11 March at the festival centre, and you’ll have the chance to see the documentary starting at 1:45 pm at the Kino 35 cinema.

We have one more tip for you: our programme also includes the international premiere of the inspiring document The Hate Destroyer. The film’s protagonist – seventy-year-old German pensioner Irmela – has a unique and unconventional hobby. During her strolls through Berlin, she paints over, scrapes off, and otherwise destroys anti-Semitic posters, swastika graffiti, and homophobic slogans at tram stops. The main problem she faces is that this activity isn’t quite legal.

This year’s festival also offers you the opportunity to see the European premiere of three foreign films: Francis, Under the Canopy, and Island Soldier. There are also three Czech documentaries that will be screened for the first time, specifically Nothing Like Before , directed by the team of Lukáš Kokeš and Klára Tasovská, which portrays what coming of age is like today in a small Czech border town; director Jan Gebert’s When the War Comes, about a controversial Slovakian paramilitary group; and The Russian Job, a documentary by Peter Horký tracking the history of the Russian AvtoVAZ automobile manufacturer and the legendary Lada cars.

These premieres are, however, not all that is on offer. This year’s programme includes a further more than a hundred additional documentaries and virtual reality films. You can choose according to date, venue, thematic category, or letter of the alphabet. Tickets for all screenings go on sale on Monday, 26 February.

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