One World 2019 Overview

The 21st One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

March 6-17

Approximately 85 new documentary features screen in Prague and 35 other cities through this notable Czech festival.


The Czech Competition, which includes the world premieres of Bára Chalupová’s REAL(E)STATE, which explores the Czech housing market crisis; Jiří Zykmund’s NEVER STOP, profiling active Czech seniors; and Eva Tomanová’s ANOTHER CHANCE, about a woman involved with a marriage fraudster.


The International Competition, with titles like Claire Billet and Olivier Jobard’s HEART OF STONE, which follows an Afghani refugee in France over eight years; Malena Martínez Cabrera’s HUGO BLANCO, DEEP RIVER, on the influential Peruvian guerrilla leader; and Małgorzata Imielska’s LOVE AND EMPTY WORDS, about a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s and her caregiving husband.


The Right to Know Competition, which has among its offerings Matthew Torne’s LAST EXIT TO KAI TAK, about life after Hong Kong’s failed Umbrella Revolution; Askold Kurov’s NOVAYA, a behind-the-scenes look at Russia’s largest independent newspaper; and Søren Klovborg’s MAID IN HELL, about international employment agencies that engage in exploitative practices.


Non-competitive sections include “!!!,” with work like Miha Čelar’s IISLAND, about the resistance from the 15 residents of a Croatian island to a visitor’s center; and Lasse Lau’s THE RAVEN AND THE SEAGULL, a portrait of the unconventional residents of Greenland; Journeys to Freedom, with projects such as Victor Delotavo Tagaro and Toshihiko Uriu’s YIELD, a longitudinal portrait of impoverished Filipino children; and Tomáš Polenský’s UNSILENCED VOICES OF BESLAN, revisiting the siege of the Russian school by Chechen terrorists in 2004; One Zero, which offers Sandra Trostel’s ALL CREATURES WELCOME, about a collective of European hackers; and Long Live Life, with Katarzyna Trzaska’s VILLAGE OF SWIMMING COWS, following Berlin hipsters as they learn about life on a Polish farm.

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