Right to Know

Competing for the Václav Havel Jury Award will be films with powerful themes, which often first bring to light human rights abuses. They give a voice to the oppressed and significantly contribute to the support of humanity's unremitting struggle against oppression and undignified living conditions.


Films in category Right to Know

A Filmless Festival

Overnight, the 11th annual Independent Film Festival in the capital city of China was banned. It ended before it ever began. We follow the rapid sequence of events from the cutting off of the building's water and electricity supply to the seizure of all festival property. What exactly threatens the...

Boiling Point

Insults and slogans fly through the air. "No savages and monsters in Finland!" "Racists out!" "God gave each nation its own place on earth!" Demonstrations, skirmishes, happenings. Friends who have known each other for years now fight in the sauna about humanitarian aid to refugees. Young Muslim women...

Braving the Waves

Roqije is an enterprising woman. For years she watched the Iranian government make it impossible for women to find a livelihood and ignore the pervasive poverty. Within a few years of acquiring a piece of dusty and desolate land from the local government, she transforms it into a thriving marketplace....

DIY Country

In spring 2014, Russia took advantage of the power vacuum in Kyiv to destabilise Ukraine and carried out an unacknowledged separatist operation in Donbass. Armed groups of pro-Russian rebels took control of local authorities and announced a referendum on secession from Ukraine. Based on concrete human...

Grab and Run

There’s a Kyrgyz saying that every good marriage starts with tears. If true, it applies to about half the marriages in Kyrgyzstan, as estimates say that this is how many start with the illegal kidnapping of the bride. A group of men capture a woman on the street and drag her to her new “home”,...

Chasing Asylum

Europe, caught unawares by the migration crisis, is looking at various solutions. Particularly the conservative faction is offering one: take a look at Australia and how it is protecting its shores against boats crammed with people dreaming of a better life. But at what cost? This country, once open...

Lost in Lebanon

Lebanon is a country of barely five million inhabitants, where more than a million Syrian refugees have found refuge. Fearing that the situation would spiral out of control, in 2015 the Lebanese government began tightening its asylum policy. As a result of new visa restrictions, some 80% of Syrians...

News from Laayoune

Western Sahara, a strip of desert south of Morocco, has been disputed territory for over 50 years. A small part is under the control of the Polisario liberation movement, but most is controlled by Morocco, which considers Western Sahara an integral part of its country. The UN lists the territory as...

Pavlensky - Man and Might

He is not afraid to bleed for art. Literally. In 2012, out of solidarity with the band Pussy Riot he stitched his mouth with thread. A year later, he sat naked on Red Square with his scrotum nailed to the pavement as a message about the apathy of Russian society. Then, in protest against the abuse of...

Shingal, Where Are You?

In 2014 Islamic State captured Sinjar, a Jezidi town in northern Iraq. The Islamists destroyed the town, executed thousands of men, and kidnapped women and girls to serve as sex slaves. Those Jezidi who managed to escape the massacre found a temporary refuge in an abandoned coal mine close to the Turkish...

The Father, the Son and the Holy Jihad

Bassam Ayachi is a Syrian man who has become a shining example of integration into French society. He married a Frenchwoman, started a family, opened a business. The story of his family was presented as a successful connection of life in the Islamic faith and Western values. But as the situation in...

The Opposition

Joe Moses believes that, as long as he is alive, his duty is to help people. For years he has been fighting for his community in Paga Hill, at the outer edge of Papua-New Guinea’s capital. An Australian developer is trying to forcibly evict them with the aim of replacing the locals’ modest dwellings...

The Trial

In 2014 the Russian authorities accused Ukrainian director Oleh Sencov of preparing a terrorist attack in Russian-occupied Crimea. This documentary tracks his trial, as well as other events that are associated with his case. It captures the appeals of the international filmmaking community supporting...

Other Thematic Categories

International Competition

New films from around the world featuring unique creative approaches will again compete for the Best Film Award and Best Director Award. This is a category for discerning viewers who appreciate inventive...

Right to Know

Competing for the Václav Havel Jury Award will be films with powerful themes, which often first bring to light human rights abuses. They give a voice to the oppressed and significantly contribute to...

Czech Competition

The best Czech documentary films or co-productions focus mainly on Czech themes and seek answers to serious questions about issues like childcare or national security. This year for the first time ever...

Vote for Change!

Documentaries in this category on the one hand show those who selfishly seek power, and on the other hand activists moved by the deteriorating social situation to engage in a merciless political struggle....

Dreams of Europe

Powerful documentaries related to last year's category Finding a Home. They show refugees on their way to Europe, driven forward by a fantasy of perfect paradise, as well as those who have already...

Who is Normal Here?

The heroes and heroines of these films show the courage to cross the clearly drawn borders of the roles ascribed to them by society. These sensitively recorded films penetrate into the lives of people...

Family Happiness

In modern Western society the family is losing its traditional form. Nevertheless it still operates like a traditional safety net. As soon as an individual is not able to bear the weight of individualism...

So-called Civilisation

The films in this traditional, environmentally oriented category are combined with the theme of unsustainable human consumption. The massive infrastructure for meeting our demands is leaving scars on...

Faces of the City

A category whose expert guarantor is the reSITE architectural and urban platform for more liveable cities examines the relationship of urban space and its inhabitants. People manipulate their environment,...

The Power of the Media

The media is an important tool for the dissemination of both creative and destructive thoughts and for both questioning and legitimising authorities. The films in this category present characters in difficult...

Journeys to Freedom

Films from countries where People in Need has long been active or is recently turning its attention. They reflect important social upheavals currently taking place in these countries, and let the people...

Panorama

Czech audiences will have the unique opportunity to see the most successful documentary films from experienced filmmakers from around the world that have been presented and awarded at major international...

Docs for Kids

The festival invites children from eight to fourteen years of age to a series of short documentaries on important social issues. For their younger siblings, a children's corner will be in place throughout...

Special Screening: Video Report RFE/RL

Long-term media partner of One World, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty began focusing on producing videos on the border of journalistic reportage and documentary film, a format unknown in Czech media....

One World Interactive

While conventional documentaries show different worlds, films in virtual reality put viewers directly into them. Faraway realities thus suddenly become very present. These films also assume some of the...