One World Festival zeroes in on red-hot global and regional issues
by Martin Kudláč
- The 21st edition, which will unspool with the tagline “Safe Proximity”, will revolve around identity and its various different forms
The One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival is gearing up to investigate current global and regional issues at its upcoming 21st edition. A total of 14 categories – comprising three competitions, eight thematic sections, short films, VR and a children’s category – are being dedicated to this mission. The festival’s central topic for 2019 presents identity and its various different forms in the 21st century, under the tagline “Safe Proximity”.
The international competition will screen Mads Brügger’s investigative outing Cold Case Hammarskjöld [+see also:
film profile]; China’s Forgotten Daughters, zeroing in on the fallout of China’s one-child policy; Tonislav Hristov’s exploration of the world of LARPing, The Magic Life of V [+see also:
film profile]; and an intimate portrait revolving around the widespread issue of suicide, Orlando von Einsiedel’s Evelyn. Human-rights violations are addressed in the Right to Know section, which looks at human trafficking (Blowin’ Up), modern-day slavery (Maid in Hell), Afghanistan’s opium trade (Laila at the Bridge) and the fight against the Ebola virus (Survivors). This year’s festival line-up consists of 117 documentaries from 51 countries, including 17 world and international premieres, and three European premieres.
An entire section is dedicated to domestic filmmakers, the Czech Competition, which will showcase Tomáš Krupa’s The Good Death [+see also:
interview: Tomáš Krupa
film profile]; the story of a professional marriage fraudster, Another Chance [+see also:
film profile] by Eva Tomanová; and Filip Remunda’s portrait of a Czech-Japanese populist politician and his brothers, The Okamura Brothers. US documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman will be the subject of the festival’s retrospective. The organisers have not overlooked the immersive world of VR, creating a special section entitled One World Interactive, which will introduce the very latest works conjuring up both manic (Manic VR by Kalina Bertin) and shamanic (Lynette Wallworth’s Awavena) visions, among other immersive experiences.
In a joint effort with the Institute for Documentary Film, the One World Festival will organise the East Doc Platform, the largest industry event for documentary filmmakers in Central and Eastern Europe. As part of the platform, a panel discussing the gender balance in festival programmes (Women in the Audiovisual Industry: Examples from Practice) will be on the schedule, as will a presentation of short documentaries in the making (East Doc Shorts Pitch) and a glimpse at some upcoming Czech documentary projects (Czech Docs… Coming Soon).
After the festival’s run in Prague from 6-17 March, the event will travel to 36 cities across the Czech Republic, with an additional stop in Brussels.
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