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Documentary Campus at One World

Documentary Campus is honoured to present a three-day industry event (March 11 - 13, 2011) during the acclaimed One World Human Rights Film Festival in Prague (March 8 - 17). Thought-provoking panels and case studies for industry professionals will be run parallel with workshops in low-budget and online production for newcomers. Registration deadline: March 6, 2011.

One World, Many Ways - New Directions in Human Rights Documentaries
March 11 - 13, 2011 at One World festival
Hotel Grand Majestic Plaza / Truhlářská ulice 16 / Prague 1

The event is co-organized by Documentary Campus and One World, with support of the Institute of Documentary Film.

To attend the event, please register by March 6, 2011. Participation fee: EUR 50.

The programme will also be open to the participants of the 2011 Ex Oriente Film workshop.

FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011

09:00–10:00 Registration & Morning Coffee
10:00–10:15 Welcome & Introduction

Moderators: Nick Fraser, Marian Williams, Ruth Berry

10:15–10:45 Witness
An interview with Egyptian filmmaker and activist Wael Omar - Wael will update us on what happened in Egypt and what is happening now. This is a first hand account from a filmmaker who once naively risked his life to make a short documentary - State of Emergency - about the state of fear, systemic police brutality and torture that happened during the 2005 presidential elections when Egypt’s president decided to run against other candidates.

10:45–12:15 Czech Dox 2011
Four years ago the One World Film Festival undertook a survey of Czech Documentary Filmmakers called “Czech documentary film in international context - how are Czech documentaries doing at foreign festivals?” The results were unanimous, Czech doc makers can hold their own in the world but exposure to foreign films, distribution, marketing and lack of international contacts remain major barriers. Greater support from the State and Czech TV was called for. Have there been any changes? Find out from our panel of filmmakers and industry experts. Representatives from Czech TV and State funding bodies have been invited to take part from the audience to shed light on Czech Dox 2011.

  • Vít Janeček, Filmmaker, Czech Republic
  • Linda Jablonská, Filmmaker, Czech Republic
  • Tomáš Kudrna, Filmmaker, Czech Republic
  • Hana Rezková, Institute of Documentary Film, Czech Republic

12:00–13:30 Not My Style
Is there a connection between successfully raising finance and story style? Not My Style brings together highly experienced industry professionals to discuss the nexus between money and story. They’ll set out to give an overview of the current climate where co-production is often a necessity and traditional broadcasters only a minor part of the equation.

13:30–15:00 Lunch Break

15:00–16:30 Blood, Dust and Documentary
We present the stories behind two very different films about conflict in Afghanistan - one from a cameraman used to filming in warzones, the other from a woman who didn’t want to tell her story using war images. This thought provoking session presents a conversation between a man and a woman who put themselves on the line to show another side of the war in Afghanistan. Clips from Blood and Dust and Camp Victory, Afghanistan.

16:30–17:00 Coffee Break

17:00–18:00 Digital Revolutions
Wael Omar talks about the use of social media in Egypt’s political revolution. How Egyptian filmmakers and artists became an instrumental part of the media, social media, and telecommunications war. He'll be joined by by Chris Michael, Video Advocacy Training Manager, at WITNESS, a Brooklyn based organisation cofounded by activist and musician Peter Gabriel.

17:30 Festival Screening @ Atlas (Big screening hall)*
Earthlings, Who Are You Voting For?
Director: Linda Jablonská

18.00 Festival Screening @ Městská knihovna (Municipal Library)*
Baghdad Film School
Director: Shuchen Tan

19:30 Festival Screening @ Světozor VS (Big screening hall)*
Blood in the Mobile
Director: Frank Piasecki Poulsen

21.45 Sports Marathon @ Lucerna
21.45 Festival Screening Salam Rugby (by Faramarz Beheshti)*
23.15 Festival Screening Men Who Swim (by Dylan Williams)*
Meet other festival guests at Lucerna Café for music & drinks!

*Tickets for both films can be purchased for 80 CZK at the cinema. More info at the registration desk (lobby of Grand Majestic) or guest service of the festival.

(Running concurrently with panels and interviews)

10:00–18:00 Take Action - Intense Filmmakers’ Boot Camp 1
Keith Lawrence is the president of the Mary Pickford* Institute for film education and a producer/director of 150 documentaries and three feature films. The goal of the workshop is to make a powerful broadcast quality documentary at a fraction of the cost. This workshop is geared to both the veteran filmmaker and the beginner. 

To be part of Keith's workshop - register for the Industry session online and send us an email to until 1st of March 2011. The number of participants is limited. We ask you to bring your macbook with FinalCut7 and Adobe Photoshop installed. If you do not have a macbook, we will provide macbooks for the duration of the workshop!


09:30–10:00 Morning Coffee

10:00–11:30 The Age of WikiLeaks
Serious discussions proceed around the world as experts analyse the impact of Wikileaks on the role of journalism, diplomacy, foreign policy, international relations…the list goes on. But how does it affect our role as documentary makers? A former Wikli-leaker who is now a Parliamentarian in Iceland, an author who has just released a new book on Wikleaks, and one man who has championed Assange’s rights while in the UK awaiting court proceedings, join us to make sense of a highly charged subject. What can we take away from this evolving situation?

  • Birgitta Jonsdottir, Member of the Icelandic Parliament, Iceland
  • Greg Mitchell, Author “The Age of Wikileaks”, USA
  • Vaughan Smith, Frontline Club, UK

11:30–13:00 Broadcast Blues
Who will buy human rights films for television and in which slots are they broadcast? US, Canadian, and European broadcasters discuss what they will co-produce and pre buy. But are they doing it for love or money? How important is the track record of the team pitching an idea? What are the stories that must be told and do we need to use different story styles for different countries? The panellists will also talk about their network’s use of other broadcast platforms and how they approach rights issues.

  • Mette Hoffman Meyer, DR TV, Denmark
  • Claire Aguilar, ITVS, USA
  • Michael Allder, CBC, Canada

13:00–14:30 Lunch Break

13:30 Festival Screening @ Atlas VS (Big screening hall)
Camp Victory, Afghanistan
Director: Carol Dysinger

14:30–15:00 Interview: Baghdad Film School
Shuchen Tan went to Baghdad alone to film this story within a story edited from 35 hours of material also shot by the students of the Baghdad Film School. Most of us take the right to tell stories for granted. How does film-making exist in a (post) war environment and what does it take to be an independent filmmaker in a country tormented by violence? What kind of problems do you have to face when you walk the streets of Baghdad with your film camera?

  • Shuchen Tan, Filmmaker, The Netherlands

15:00–16:15 Filmmakers Slapp Back
No, we didn’t spell slap incorrectly, one of our guest panellists has recently had a SLAPP (an acronym for “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation”) lifted. A SLAPP is a lawsuit brought to chill, or in retaliation for the exercise of First Amendment rights of free speech or petition. His story is one of three presented here in our panel about filmmakers’ rights. Not the rights you own or the rights you sell or the rights you accidentally give away without knowing, but the right to free speech, the right for the fair use of archival footage and even the right to be a small independent in a corporate world.

16:15–16:45 Coffee Break

16.45 – 17.15 Interview: The Day After A Long Night
Tomas Kudrna’s documentary looks at the fates of Inna Klimenko, Barbara Muller and Libusa Andrlicka, forced laborers from three different countries who worked to provide supplies for the front during the Second World War in Germany. Around 13 million of these forced employees worked for the “Third Empire”. Kudrna explores how the lives of his characters were influenced by this experience.

  • Tomáš Kudrna, Director, Czech Republic

16:45–17:15 Interview: Blood in the Mobile
Blood in the Mobile is a film that has taken full advantage of all media available, while addressing a human rights issue that strikes at the very heart of modern communication. The film was funded as a TV documentary by Danish, German, Finnish, Hungarian and Irish broadcasters, as well as the Danish National Film Board. And it has an exceptional online campaign of the same name that calls readers to action. Director Frank Piasecki Poulsen will talk about how he first envisioned this 360 production and what it has achieved.

  • Frank Piasecki Poulsen, Denmark

19.30 Festival Screening @ Světozor VS (Big screening hall)*
My Kidnapper
Director: Mark Henderson

21.00 One World Party @ Lucerna

SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2011

10:00–10:30 Morning Coffee

10:30–11:30 The Business of Our Business
“Many producers are driven by a mission or their personal artist’s drive to create work. They don’t always anticipate the commercial aspects of their efforts until it’s too late.” from Peter Hamilton’s interview in ITVS’s Beyond the Box blog. Meet Peter, the creator of, a free online source of the latest information about the factual industry. During this session he’ll give us the results of a survey we asked him to undertake. Who are the top ten human rights broadcasters? And he’ll give his best advice to aspiring independent filmmakers.

11:30–12:00 Interview: My Kidnapper
Mark Henderson was one of eight tourists kidnapped in Colombia while in the remote, mountainous Sierra Nevada region. Their basic human rights are abused to raise awareness for human rights abuses in Colombia. He was there for 101 days. 11 months after he was released he received an email from one of his kidnappers. Why did he go back to make this film? As the layers are peeled back the concept of human rights becomes even more blurred.

  • Mark Henderson, Filmmaker, UK

12:00–13:00 The Interview – clips and tips
A very practical session devoted to the art of the interview. This is not just for beginners, it involves an open discussion in which we invite audience participation. We want to hear your stories and experiences of ‘the interview’ and its many guises. Our hosts, Michael Allder and Chris Schmidt have many years experience. They’ll be showing clips and giving you some insider tips.

13:00–14:30 Lunch

14:30–16:00 Plus One
Keith Lawrence presents results from his filmmakers’ boot camp and introduces ‘Plus One’. ‘Plus One’ is the one thing you have that no one else does - the thing that makes your film a film that must be made. What is your ‘Plus One’ and how can you use it to guide your story. In this final presentation we leave you with a challenge to think outside of the box. We can no longer cling to old broadcast models. In the long run, we must rely on the strength of our individual conviction. The right to freedom of expression is a human right. In countries where it is a given right, it is up to us to exercise.

17.30 Festival Screening @ Evald*
Earthlings, Who Are You Voting For?
Director: Linda Jablonská

19.15 Festival Screening @ Lucerna*
Camp Victory, Afghanistan
Director: Carol Dysinger

20.00 Festival Screening @ Ponrepo*
My Kidnapper
Director: Mark Henderson

*Tickets for festival screenings can be purchased at the cinema directly. Please ask at our registration desk
(lobby at Grand Majestic) for ticket reservation.


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