We are adding screenings of the festival’s most popular films – The Cleaners and The Red Soul

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Although it is only the fourth day of the festival, many of the screenings are already hopelessly sold out. In order to give those who didn’t have a chance to buy tickets in advance, we decided to add new screening dates for the two films that have thus far attracted the biggest audiences: The Cleaners and The Red Soul.  

Where does protecting users end and censorship begin? The stories of the “content cleaners” working in Philippine offices – who first go through an initial stage of dismay and outrage, gradually passing though phases of callousness and apathy, to the point of absolute moral breakdown – are an important reminder of the role the human factor plays in the entire process. What will happen when computer algorithms are perfected to such a degree that we will no longer need content moderators?  We started this year’s festival with the documentary The Cleaners and knew why. The topic of searching out and deleting unsuitable content on the internet is a theme that perfectly captures not only the mood of this year’s One World, but also all of 2018.  In addition, the word “pussy” is pronounced in the film even more adorably than in the conversations with the Czech president Miloš Zeman in Lány.

According to surveys, up to fifty-two percent of Russians claim that “Stalin did nothing wrong.”  Just thirty years ago, it was only a fraction of this number. What leads them to this conclusion?  Do they admire the political processes and the inhumane system of labour camps? Or are they just glamourising a period when they were younger and happier with less worries?  In her documentary, The Red Soul, Dutch director Jessica Gorter asks not only people whose families suffered during Stalin’s reign of terror, but also those who remember Soviet totality with a naïve, nostalgic tear in their eye. She visits the sites of mass graves in the middle of forests, as well as gatherings in town squares where the Soviet leader’s glory is honoured, in order to find out if social memory is just as selective as the photo albums of Communist potentates from the 1950s.


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