email print share on Facebook share on Twitter share on reddit pin on Pinterest

FESTIVALS / AWARDS Slovakia

Slovakian documentaries to compete at the 20th-anniversary edition of One World Film Festival

by 

- The International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival is entering its third decade, and continues to reflect the hottest global and domestic issues

Slovakian documentaries to compete at the 20th-anniversary edition of One World Film Festival
Lost Home by Juraj Mravec

The 20th-anniversary edition of the One World Film Festival (aka the International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival) in Slovakia will be opened by the latest feature by Slovakian documentarian Zuzana Piussi, The State Capture (see the news). In it, Piussi aims to reflect on “the mechanism used by the oligarchy and the mafia to blackmail key players in the system, to influence public perception, and to penetrate police, the judiciary and the government”.

(The article continues below - Commercial information)

The State Capture has been programmed in the Social Situation and Political Regimes section, which, along with the Interpersonal Relations, Technological Development and Ecology sections, constitutes a subtopic to the central theme, Lost in the Present. “During this year’s birthday celebrations full of high-quality cinematography, not only through the Slovakian titles on screen but also through various discussions, we look back at the past to move smoothly into the present, and then reflect on the ‘here and now’ and our future,” say the organisers, adding: “Thirty years have passed since the Velvet Revolution, and it is time to discuss how our history has affected us – what we took from it, what we have learnt from it, what we have forgotten and what we have overlooked.”

A number of domestic films will vie for the festival’s award in the competition section. Among the competing titles are Peter Kerekes’ latest project, BATAstories [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(France/Czech Republic/Slovakia); Tomas Krupa’s award-winning intimate portrayal of assisted suicide The Good Death [+see also:
interview: Tomáš Krupa
film profile
]
(Slovakia/Czech Republic/France/Switzerland/Austria); Pavol Pekarčík’s collective portrait of disabled Roma children, Silent Days [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Pavol Pekarčík
film profile
]
(Slovakia/Czech Republic); Juraj Mravec’s Lost Home [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(Slovakia), which follows Slovakian rescuers during the Battle of Mosul; and the feature-length debut by emerging filmmaker Barbora Berezňáková, Never Happened [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 (Slovakia), which examines past socio-political events from a modern-day perspective. The other movies screening in competition are Over the Hills [+see also:
trailer
interview: Martin Mareček
film profile
]
by Martin Mareček (Czech Republic), Forman vs. Forman [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Helena Třeštíková and Jakub Hejna (Czech Republic/France), Vote for Kibera by Martin Páv (Czech Republic), Ticket to the Moon by Veronika Janatková (Czech Republic/Germany), My Century [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Theodora Remundová (Czech Republic) and Ask Your Parents About 89 by Barbora Berezňáková (Slovakia).

The line-up of the One World Film Festival will reflect on current events and broader global issues through a variety of international documentaries. The Ecology section will screen the story of one man’s herculean crusade to procure six million toilets in India, Mr. Toilet: The World’s #2 Man; Werner Boote’s attempt to debunk the myth of “green products” being environmentally friendly in The Green Lie [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
; and Ton von Zantvoort’s portrait of one of the last remaining Dutch shepherds working in accordance with traditional customs, Sheep Hero [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
.

Tech has become a daily constant and an inevitable part of people’s lives, and in the Technological Development thematic section, Isa Willinger addresses the thorny topic of the future given the rapid proliferation of artificial intelligence in Hi, AI; Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis investigates the online gaming phenomenon of swatting in Swatted; and Nicolaas Veul and Duco Coops lift the lid on Instagram and the “popularity economy” in #FollowMe. Another section, Interpersonal Relations, offers #Female Pleasure [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, exposing the double standard regarding gender and the female body; Linda Cullen and Vanessa Gildea’s outline of the path to same-sex marriage in Ireland, The 34th: The Story of Marriage Equality; and Janus Metz and Sine Plambech’s documentary Heartbound: A Different Kind of Love Story [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, about Thai-Danish marriages in a small fishing community in Thy, Denmark.

The One World Film Festival runs from 9-13 October in Bratislava, Slovakia. The full line-up is available here.

Did you enjoy reading this article? Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive more stories like this directly in your inbox.