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One World in a Nutshell

The programme of the 2021 One World international documentary film festival presents a new non-competitive section of foreign short films, called One World in a Nutshell. For the first time, the organizers of the festival have decided to create an opportunity for documentary shorts to show audiences that even in a seemingly small space it is …

Films crossing borders

One World, in cooperation with UNHCR, the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts and the World Between the Lines initiative, has prepared an annual workshop for students of documentary directing. In the last year, three student films have been made, which you can now watch at the festival. The aim of …

WHY PLASTIC? – THE RECYCLING MYTH

In the last few years the plastic pollution crisis has become an international scandal. Pictures of dead animals, littered rivers, and polluted oceans have shocked the world. The plastic packaging industry has declared it knows how to solve the problem: recycling. Increasingly, bottles, boxes and sachets are proudly stamped with the words “100% recyclable” as brands compete …

HOW I BECAME A PARTISAN

A documentary about the Roma resistance fighters of WWII who fought and died for our freedom – then fell into complete oblivion and died for a second time. The director of the film has personal links to its subject matter. She learnt from her grandmother the story of her great-grandfather, who was a Roma partisan. …

EVERY SINGLE MINUTE

Husband and wife Michal and Lenka Hanuliak have been conducting a peculiar experiment with their four-year-old son Miško since his birth. Every minute of his life they are raising him to become a successful athlete and “quality person” in every aspect. They have decided to sacrifice everything for this goal and put their own needs …

HOUSING AGAINST EVERYONE

The film tells the story over several years of a city in which the local authority has decided to try a new way to fight the poverty industry, so-called “rapid rehousing”. The basic principle is to provide a stable home for families in housing need, who are most often victims of this industry. Many of …

UNIVERSITY AND FREEDOM

Nothing typifies our era more than the trembling and transformation of many social institutions that we have perceived within a continuum transcending the horizon of one human life. Nothing is more connected with the development and self-awareness of the Euro-American civilisation than universities. While teachers and books sometimes burned at the stakes, over time universities …

SHADOW GAME

Shadow Game is an experimentally filmed account of the far-reaching consequences of European asylum policy. Now fences have gone up all over Europe, seeking asylum has become almost impossible. The teenagers cross snowy landscapes and meet aggressive border police on their way. Reaching their final destination has become more difficult than ever. Their journey takes …

RECONSTRUCTION OF OCCUPATION

Jan Šikl has spent many years seeking out and collecting private film archives – faded footage of family lives, celluloid echoes of celebrations and everyday moments. It was in this way that Šikl eventually came across several hours of footage showing the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. These unique images long remained unseen – until …

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

This film essay consists of photographs that documentary filmmaker Alan Berliner (First Cousin, Once Removed) cut out of the New York Times over the course of 40 years and archived according to an ingenious system. The thousands of images combine to form a monument to a medium that’s under threat from all sides, not least …

WRITING WITH FIRE

In a cluttered news landscape dominated by men, emerges Indiaʼs only newspaper run by Dalit women. Armed with smartphones, Chief Reporter Meera and her journalists break traditions, be it on the frontlines of Indiaʼs biggest issues or within the confines of their homes, redefining what it means to be powerful.

SABAYA

With just a mobile phone and a gun, Mahmud, Ziyad and their group risk their lives trying to save Yazidi women and girls being held by ISIS as Sabaya (sex slaves) in the most dangerous camp in the Middle East, Al-Hol in Syria.

ON YOUR MARKS!

A comedy about the society we live in today. Every six years, the Sokol movement – a sports-based social organization founded 150 years ago – organizes a mass gymnastic performance in a football stadium. People from all over the world travel to Prague to meet for the big show. This comedic film focuses on two …

THE LINES

Bratislava is a city of thick lines. A post-socialist metropolis, it is defined by the stereotypes and communication doctrines of its inhabitants. We are part of an ongoing and everyday search for a suitable rhythm in an intimate and public setting. This urban essay about the loneliness of a city-dweller is visually inspired by Slovak conceptual art and photography. 

BEYOND THE VISIBLE – HILMA AF KLINT

The first abstract artist was a woman: misjudged and concealed, Hilma af Klint rocks the art world now with her mindblowing oeuvre. Hilma af Klint was a visionary and a pioneer and paitned. This course-correcting film is not only about her art and craft in life but also about the role of women in art history and the discovery of an art scandal. This is a cinematic approach to …

ARICA

In 1984, the Swedish mining company Boliden had toxic waste shipped to Chile, where it was supposed to be properly processed. In reality, some of the waste was dumped on the outskirts of the desert town of Arica. The consequences were severe: in the years that followed, residents developed cancer and many babies were born …

A NEW SHIFT

Tomáš Hisem has been working underground as a coal miner for 25 years. When the mine has to close due to the general decline of coal mining, he is offered a new career as a computer programmer. He enrols in a state-funded re-education programme, preparing him for one of the most in-demand jobs. Tomas takes up the …

AT FULL THROTTLE

The story of a life of struggle in a region left behind by a country’s transition to a market economy. The main protagonist is the divorced yet determined, dogged, fighting-against-the-odds fifty-something ex-miner Jaroslav whose health has thwarted his lifelong dream to become a racing driver. A new relationship with childhood sweetheart Jitka brings frustrated Jaroslav new hope in his personal life as well as his motor-racing dream: Jitka is …

WHITE ON WHITE

White on White is the video diary of director Viera Čákanyová which she kept in 2017 at the Polish Antarctic Station while shooting the film FREM (2019), whose main character was an artificial neural network. During her stay, the author chats with various artificial intelligence programs, leading conversations that touch on the nature of film, art and the meaning of life while also revealing a way of thinking thatʼs free …

MY SUNNY MAAD

The film My Sunny Maad is an adaptation of the book Freshta written by Czech journalist Petra Procházková. When Herra, a Czech woman, falls in love with Nazir, an Afghan man, she has no idea about the life that awaits her in post-Taliban Afghanistan, nor about the family she is about to join. A grandfather …

GREEN BLOOD

On every continent, journalists have faced danger and difficulty investigating environmental issues. Since 2009, at least 13 journalists have been killed after working on environment-related stories, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. CPJ is still investigating 16 additional deaths, so there may be as many as 29 cases. The Green Blood series pursued the investigations of several …

ASSASSINS

The audacious murder of the brother of North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in a crowded Malaysian airport sparked a worldwide media frenzy. At the center of the investigation are two young women who are either cold-blooded killers or unwitting pawns in a political assassination. Assassins goes beyond the headlines to question every angle of …

CHICKENS, VIRUS AND US

A delightful tale about one family’s experiment during the coronavirus crisis. By casually exploring the adoption of chickens, this Czech family discovers the challenges inherent in the commercial egg industry.

THE MYSTERY OF THE PINK FLAMINGO

Rigo Pex is a serious but eccentric sound engineer whose comfortable life is suddenly disturbed by a strange phenomenon: The Pink Flamingo. These pink birds seem to follow him everywhere like signs that lead Rigo to an investigation to reveal their mysterious meaning. Heʼll study their impact in our society and eventually travel to the …

ALL LIGHT, EVERYWHERE

All Light, Everywhere is an exploration of the shared histories of cameras, weapons, policing and justice. As surveillance technologies become a fixture in everyday life, the film interrogates the complexity of an objective point of view, probing the biases inherent in both human perception and the lens.

MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND

Directed by veteran Hollywood sound editor Midge Costin, the film reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema, introduces us to the unsung heroes who create it, and features insights from legendary directors with whom they collaborate. Featuring the insights and stories of iconic directors such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, Barbra Streisand, …

A THOUSAND CUTS

Nowhere is the worldwide erosion of democracy, fueled by social media disinformation campaigns, more starkly evident than in the authoritarian regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Journalist Maria Ressa places the tools of the free press – and her freedom – on the line in defense of truth and democracy.

THE MOLE AGENT

When a family becomes concerned about their mother’s well-being in a retirement home, private investigator Romulo hires Sergio, an 83 year-old man who becomes a new resident – and a mole inside the home, who struggles to balance his assignment with becoming increasingly involved in the lives of several residents.

A SYMPHONY OF NOISE

A Symphony of Noise delves into the sound worlds of celebrated British musician and sound researcher Matthew Herbert. While the artist permanently breaks the genre boundaries of classical and electronic music with his compositions of sounds he records from the environment, he challenges his audience to open their ears to the sound of the world: …

THE WALL OF SHADOWS

A Sherpa family breaks a taboo and climbs the most holy of mountains to earn money for their son’s education. They accompany a western expedition on East Wall of the Kumbhakarna Mountain, a wall that has never been climbed before. The Wall of Shadows tells the story of an encounter between a young Sherpa boy …

GLORY TO THE QUEEN

Leading us to Tbilisi, Georgia, Glory to the Queen reveals the interwoven biographies of the world chess heroes Nona Gaprindashvili, Nana Alexandria, Maia Chiburdanidze and Nana Ioseliani. It offers rare insight into their present lives while at the same time exploring their lasting legacy. Today they are aging women, ordinary and extreme, pedantic and free. …

RADIOGRAPH OF A FAMILY

A love story, two different beliefs, a family in the turmoil of Iran’s modern history. – “I am the product of Iran’s struggle between secularism and the Islamic ideology. My parents’ love story takes us from the Shah era to the Islamic Revolution and the hardships during the Iran-Iraq War, up to the present day …

THE MUSHROOM SPEAKS

The Mushroom Speaks explores the healing qualities of fungi and their ability to regenerate. This personal journey takes on a walk alongside parasites, symbionts and decomposers offering ideas of both interconnectedness and collaboration. Driven by a vision of resistance, the encounters seek possibilities of renewal and question what connects us when the world seems to …

SOME KIND OF HEAVEN

With Some Kind of Heaven, first-time feature director Lance Oppenheim cracks the manicured facade of The Villages, America’s largest retirement community – a massive, self-contained utopia located in Central Florida. Behind the gates of this palm tree-lined fantasyland, Some Kind of Heaven invests in the dreams and desires of a small group of Villages residents …

SCREENED OUT

All over the world, as technology grows and advances, so does our addiction to our devices. Join filmmaker Jon Hyatt and his family on a journey through the life changing effects of screen addiction, how the tech industry hooked global consumers, and its greater impact on our lives. From smartphones, portable tablets and social media, …

THE LAST SHELTER

The House of Migrants in Gao, Mali, is a refuge at the southern edge of the Sahara desert. It welcomes those in transit towards Algeria in the north, or on their way back after a failed attempt to make it to Europe. When Esther and Kady, two teenage girls from Burkina Faso, arrive to regain …

COURAGE

In the course of the presidential elections in Belarus in the summer of 2020, three actors from an underground theatre in Minsk get caught up in the maelstrom of mass protests. They are drawn to the wide streets of Minsk to protest vociferously for freedom of speech and the long-awaited change of power. But the …

OBSCURO BARROCO

Obscuro Barroco is a documentary-fiction about the dizzying heights of gender and metamorphosis. It is also a cinematographic hommage to a land of extremes; the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Following the path of iconic transgender figure Luana Muniz (1961–2017), the film explores different quests for the self through transvestism, carnaval and political struggle. …

NIGHT NURSERY

In a working class neighbourhood of the city of Bobo-Dioulasso, every evening, Mama Coda welcomes the children of prostitutes into her home. The young women then wander through the “Black”, a very lively alleyway in the city center, until dawn when they come to pick up their children. But Mama Coda, who is over eighty …

I AM NOT ALONE

On Easter 2018, a man puts on a backpack, goes live on Facebook, and announces that he is going to topple the corrupt regime that enjoys absolute power in his post-soviet nation. With unprecedented access to all sides, I Am Not Alone tells the miraculous true story of what happens in the next forty days.

HOMECOMING – MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ AND HER CHILDREN

The occasion is The Cleaner, a travelling retrospective exhibition of work by Marina Abramović, whose final destination is Belgrade, the artist’s hometown. It contemplates her whole life, including dilemmas from her youth in Belgrade, misguided love affairs and a special kind of loneliness. It centres around re-performance as a phenomenon. Who are re-performers?

LUCHADORAS

Ciudad Juarez, the “Murder City”, claims thousands of victims every year as drug cartels clash with government forces in the so called “War on Drugs”. The city also coined the term femicide in Mexico and is the epicenter of a wave of murder and hate crimes on women throughout the country in which the culprits …

LATVIAN COYOTE

An absurd game of “finding happiness” is being played by local Latvian coyotes* and illegal immigrants on the Russian and the European Union border. It is a game with no winners – all participants are driven to play by the sense of despair. While one side leaves home and undertakes a perilous journey to the …

LOS REYES

Los Reyes (The Kings) is the oldest skatepark in the Chilean capital of Santiago. This story is about the real kings here: Football and Chola, two dogs that have made their home in this open space full of hurtling skateboards and rowdy teenagers. The energetic Chola loves to play with the balls she finds lying …

LADIES OF THE WOOD

In this green lung bordering the city, between dusk and dawn wandering among joggers and dog walkers, you may come across queer mystical souls. They all share their life story paced by the clients who come and go. Those are the Ladies of the Wood. No English subtitles!

ROOM WITHOUT A VIEW

A thought-provoking gaze of the exploitative migration and the terrible dilemmas facing women who must choose between earning and caring their own children. The film drives the realities underlying the domestic work and care solutions found by Middle Eastern countries, as Lebanon. These solutions do not address continuing gender inequalities, and all too often rest …

THE DILEMMA OF DESIRE

The Dilemma of Desire is a feature length vérité film about female sexual desire and the powerful gender politics that revolve around NOT acknowledging female desire. We know that the female body is the primary metaphor for sexuality – saturating advertising and mainstream erotic imagery. However, female sexual desire – what women actually want – …

JOURNEY TO UTOPIA

A Danish singer, a Norwegian film director and their children are growing desperate about the world the grown-ups are handing on to future generations. The global climate crisis concerns the adults of the family and they agree they will never be able to face their children and claim that they took no action because they …

THE WITCHES OF THE ORIENT

The Japanese volleyball players called the “The Witches of the Orient” are now in their seventies. From the formation of the team at the factory until their victory at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, memories and legends rise to the surface and blend inextricably.

STORKMAN

Twenty-seven years ago, a widower Stjepan Vokić found a stork with a broken wing. He saved her life and named her Malena. Since then, Malena has been living with Stjepan, sharing endless lonely winters and happy but short summers when Malena’s faithful male stork returns to her. Without Stjepan Malena would certainly starve to death. …

AFRICAN APOCALYPSE

British Nigerian, Femi Nylander, brings attention to the forgotten victims of colonial atrocity in African Apocalypse. – Activist Femi Nylander unearths the shocking reality of Joseph Conradʼs seminal work, Heart of Darkness. African Apocalypse follows the trail of a 19th century French colonial military commander who burned his way across Africa. Tens of thousands were …

THE GIG IS UP

From delivering food and driving ride shares to tagging images for AI, millions of people around the world are finding work task by task online. The gig economy is worth over 5 trillion USD globally, and growing. And yet the stories of the workers behind this tech revolution have gone largely neglected. Who are the …

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