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The One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, organised by the People in Need foundation, is currently the largest human rights film festival in the world. More than 100,000 viewers attend it every year. Half of these festival-goers comprise audiences from our network of regional festivals, which has expanded this year to 33 towns and cities in Bohemia and Moravia.
The films shown at One World provide comprehensive information on the entire gamut of human rights, foreign-policy and social issues. The festival demonstrates how effective a tool documentary film can be, if it is used strategically for increasing awareness, education, advocating human rights, stimulating debate, and promoting social integration.
One World Is To Show World Protests As Well As Award-Wining Documentaries
As many as 106 documentary films from over forty countries from all over the world – this is what the 14th One World Human Rights Documentary Film Festival comes with this year in Prague on 6-15 March 2012 and in another 40 Bohemian and Czech towns and cities throughout March and April.
The festival’s main thematic category Youth Quake gets reflected not only in this year’s festival’s visual graphic but also in the films selected for the festival – most of them show the course and background of protests in Arab countries and thus offer a unique opportunity to see the recent incidents captured in high-quality documentary films rather than to learn about them from TV news coverage; such as 18 Days in Egypt – a film released under the eloquent title – capturing all the dramatic stages of the insurrection and its joyful moments from the point of view of the revolutionaries.
Zero Silence then presents the protests in Tunisia and Egypt as well as in Lebanon where the demonstrators demanded from the government to put an end to the protracted religious disputes between Christians and Muslims.
Besides a number of other films dedicated to the Arab Spring, this category also features documentaries portraying the current state of society in well-established democracies; such as If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front – a film by Marshall Curry, shortlisted for an Oscar, telling the personal story of U.S. environmental activist Daniel McGowen who, as part of the radical Earth Liberation Front, participated in arson attacks in many places in the USA.
Arrogant Trump and Film Delights
This year’s festival is not only about unrest and revolutions. The So-Called Civilisation category is going to present films highlighting the fact that although civilisation should be the highest level of human evolution most people do not behave so and unscrupulously and irreversibly damage the environment. Such as, for instance, Donald Trump who decided several years ago to build the world’s most luxurious golf club in one of the few remaining areas of unspoiled countryside in the UK on a coastal strip in north-eastern Scotland; the engaging and thrilling film You’ve Been Trumped tells the story of Scottish farmers and their meaningless battle exemplifying the power of money.
Also this year, you can look forward to films that have caught the eye of jurors at a number of prestigious festivals; the main competition is thus to see the last year’s winner of the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam – Planet of Snail – capturing the harmonious relationship of the deaf and blind Korean man, Young-Chan, and his wife Soon-Ho; or the award-winning documentary with artistic dimension by Polish director Wojciech Staroń – The Argentinian Lesson – which uses a poetry of magical realism combined with masterful camera work. Film enthusiasts will, for sure, welcome the visually engrossing documentary overlaid with evocative songs by Bob Dylan and Beirut – Bombay Beach – in which Israeli director Alma Har´el takes us among poor U.S. families living in the middle of the California desert.
Punk Africa and Traditional Discussions
As every year, One World is also going to present new Czech films at the festival. This year, One World is going to host the Czech premiere of Punk in Africa in which Prague-based U.S. director Keith Jones and screenwriter Deon Maas set out for the Dark Continent to find out whether in Africa music cannot be for entertainment but rather for revolution. Mapping the growth of the African punk scene in detail, the authors take us not only to the cities of South African Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town but, surprisingly to some, also to Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Kenya.
If you are still unsure what film from this year’s One World programme to see you may like to know that, in addition to films, the festival also offers Q&A’s with directors of documentaries as well as panel discussions. For more information, please visit http://www.oneworld.cz