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Over 100 films, dozens of international guests, streamed films online, a range of exhibitions and discussions – these are some of the things to look forward to at the 12th One World (March 10 - 18, 2010, Prague). In March and April, festival highlights will also be presented in 29 Czech cities. All That Glitters by Tomáš Kudrna (East European Forum 2006) and Chemo by Pawel Łoziński (East European Forum 2007) will be among the 16 docs in the Main Competition.


One World - International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
March 10 - 18, 2010
Prague / Czech Republic

This year’s festival will feature 101 documentary films from over 30 countries within both competition and thematic categories. These have been selected from more than 1600 submitted films. This year’s festival will open with the Iranian documentary Green Days, which portrays a current and striking example of human rights being repressed.
As always, the main festival centre will be at the Lucerna. The other festival venues will be Světozor (2 halls), Archa Theatre, Atlas (2 halls), the French Institute, the Municipal Library of Prague and Evald. Tickets will be available at ticket offices of the festival venues. The price will be the same as last year – 70 CZK.



  • Main Competition - Best Film Award & Best Director Award; awarded by the Grand Jury
  • Right to Know - documentary films on little known human rights issues; Rudolf Vrba Award

Other Sections

  • Focus on Iran - four films dedicated to contemporary Iran
  • Green Challenges - documentaries on environmental issues
  • Panorama - films about social issues, personal stories, festival hits
  • Tolerant - Intolerant - films dealing with racism, nationalism, neonazi movements, etc.
  • Women's Voices - documentaries on issues that women must face in different parts of the world
  • Czech Films - Czech films made over the past year

In Tolerant-Intolerant, Georgian director Salome Jashi will present her film The Leader Is Always Right. Ms Jashi attended Ex Oriente Film 2009 and East European Forum 2009 with the project Restaurant Bakhmaro and Those Who Work There.

THE LEADER IS ALWAYS RIGHT (Lideri Khoveltvis Martalia)
Georgia 2010, 43 min
D: Salome Jashi

Summer camps financed by the president in Georgia seem to offer lessons in nationalism, hatred and obedience. Since 2005, these camps have been attended by hundreds of thousands of boys and girls. The programme is clear: to cultivate a "love of the nation" among children. This primarily means developing animosity towards Russia, which has been interfering with the country's autonomy.



The Main Competition features the following 16 films:  

ALL THAT GLITTERS (Mlčeti zlato)

Czech Republic 2010, 99 min
D: Tomáš Kudrna

At first glance, time seems to have stood still in the west Kyrgyz village of Barskon. Veterans of the Second World War enjoy the greatest respect and many of the people here look back with nostalgia at the socialist era, when everyone had work, healthcare was free and "we all had it just as good".

The film was pitched at the 2006 East European Forum.


ANYWHERE BUT HERE (Überall nur nicht hier)
Germany 2009, 72 min
D: Tamara Milosevic

Fourteen years after the notorious massacre in which more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were murdered by Serbian forces, life is slowly settling down in Srebrenica, Bosnia. Eighteen-year-old Samira returns from exile in Western Europe, but she feels she is taking a step backwards.



ARRIVALS, THE (Les Arrivants)
France 2009
D: Claudine Bories, Patrice Chagnard

France is one of the main destinations for refugees in Europe. Every year, up to 50,000 émigrés from all over the world apply for asylum in the country. Their first official port of call is a municipal reception centre for refugees which assigns them rooms in Parisian lodgings and takes them through the asylum application process.



CHEMO (Chemia)
Poland 2009, 58 min
D: Pawel Łoziński

"Some people get ordinary flu; it's just that ours is simply very serious." This is one of the ways in which patients at a Warsaw oncology clinic view their disease. It takes several hours for them to take another dose of chemotherapy.

The film was pitched at the 2007 East European Forum and included in East Silver 2009.



DEFAMATION (Hashmatsa)
Austria, Denmark, Israel, USA 2009, 93 min
D: Yoav Shamir

Holocaust, Nazi, anti-Semitism. These three most frequently heard words in Israeli society prompted director Yoav Shamir to make a documentary seeking answers to the question as to whether there is animosity towards Judaism in today's world, and in what way this hatred manifests itself.

ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE (Enemies of the People)

UK, Cambodia 2009, 94 min
D: Rob Lemkin

For more than 10 years, Cambodian journalist Thet Sambath spent his free weekends working in remote rural provinces. The results of this painstaking project are the dozens of interviews with people who directly participated in the slaughter under the Khmer Rouge.



GOOD FORTUNE (Good Fortune)
USA, Kenya 2009, 73 min
D: Landon Van Soest

Landon van Soest's documentary looks at the plight of tens of thousands of Kenya's inhabitants who are afraid of losing their homes - regardless of whether these homes are in the slums of the poor Kibera quarter in the capital Nairobi, or the aluminium shacks of herdsmen in the Yala Swamp in the west of the country.



(Green Days)
Iran 2009, 72 min
D: Hana Makhmalbaf

The protagonist of Green Days is a young Iranian theatre director called Ava, who suffers from depression. At a time when she is trying hard through therapy to understand herself and the world around her, her hometown of Teheran is submerged in green.



IRON CROWS (Iron Crows)
Korea 2009, 59 min
D: Bong-Nam Park

Eating means surviving. This seemingly trivial fact is something that is on workers' minds every day in the Bangladeshi port of Chittagong. Grim poverty has brought them to a ship scrap yard from other parts of Bangladesh, one of the poorest countries in the world.



LAST TRAIN HOME (Last Train Home)
Canada, China 2009, 85 min
D: Lixin Fan

When the Zhangs abandoned their home, along with their parents and one-year-old child, 16 years ago, they believed it was the best for all concerned. For many years, they worked to earn money for their family as labourers in textile factories, only returning home for a few days annually to celebrate New Year.




MEN OF THE CITY (Men of the City)
UK 2009, 58 min
D: Marc Isaacs

In his latest film, the renowned British documentary-maker Marc Isaacs chronicles the fate of several Londoners from various social classes during the current economic crisis. We gradually get to know a rich trader who loses his family due to his constant but compulsive monitoring of events on financial markets, ...


MOVING TO MARS: A MILLION MILES FROM BURMA (Moving to Mars: A Million Miles from Burma)
UK 2009, 84 min
D: Mat Whitecross

The latest documentary by Mat Whitecross, who directed the award-winning The Road to Guantanamo, takes us to a refugee camp on the Burma-Thai border, where up to 40,000 Karen Burmese have fled persecution from the military junta in Burma.



OCTOBER COUNTRY (October Country)
USA 2009, 80 min
D: Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher

Every family has skeletons in its closet and the working class Moshers are no exception. The head of the family, Donal, suffers nightmares about the Vietnam War. His single sister Denise believes she is a witch and spends most of her time at a graveyard communing with spirits.



RUSSIAN LESSONS (Russian Lessons)
Norway, Russia 2010, 110 min
D: Andrei Nekrasov, Olga Konskaya

Just after the first shots were fired in the Russia-Georgia War in August 2008, the documentary-makers Olga Konskaya and Andrei Nekrasov went to the very heart of the conflict at the border with South Ossetia. Each of the directors comes from a different side of the fence.


VIDEOCRACY (Videocracy)
Sweden 2009, 85 min
D: Erik Gandini

"Anyone can become popular; all they have to do is be seen," says the Italian producer Lele Mora, a close friend of the Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who owns most of the country's television stations and whose concept of successful broadcasting is clear - bright colours, alluring women ...



WAR AND LOVE IN KABUL (War and Love in Kabul)
Germany 2009, 86 min
D: Helga Reidemeister

Hossein and Shaima fell in love as children, but their paths diverged during puberty. The illiterate Hossein went to war with the Taliban in order to make money to live, while Shaima was ordered by her father to become the third wife of a man a full 40 years her senior.




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