The film Heart of Stone has taken the Best Film prize at this year’s
edition of the One World festival of human rights documentaries in Prague.
The winning documentary is about an Afghan refugee in France. The Best
Director award went to Denmark’s Mads Brugger, maker of Cold Case
The festival’s prize for the best Czech film in competition went to The Good Death by Tomáš Krupa, which is about a woman who goes to Switzerland for assisted suicide.
The One World Film Festival, known in Czech as “Jeden Svět“ launched
on Wednesday afternoon in Prague. The festival opened with a lecture by the
President of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, who
spoke on the current situation in Tibet. The lecture will be followed this
evening by the Nicaraguan farmer activist Francisca Ramírez receiving the
Homo Homini Award by festival organisers and human rights NGO People in
Apart from dozens of thematic films, the festival features a number of workshops and lectures. It will run until March 17.
The Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, says he regards a meeting on
Tuesday between the leaders of the United States and North Korea
positively. Mr. Babiš told reporters that he hoped the summit between
Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore would produce results and remove
the risk of war in the region.
Prime Minister Babiš said it would be a great success if North Korea gave up its nuclear weapons. He said it was a pity that similar conflicts had not been resolved in the past and that Western states had attempted to bring about regime change by force rather than negotiation.
Swedish film ‘The Deminer’ won the best film award at the One World
festival of human rights documentaries in Prague on Wednesday. The best
direction award went to Syrian filmmaker Talal Derki, for his film ‘Of
Fathers and Sons’.
Wednesday’s award ceremony closed the Prague leg of the 20th edition of the festival, which attracted over 28,000 visitors. The event will now move on to 36 other Czech towns and cities.
The Czech Republic is ready to step up the pressure against North Korea
over the repeated ballistic missile tests, the foreign ministry said on its
website on Wednesday.
According to the ministry, the missile programmes represent a flagrant violation of UN resolutions and should be abandoned completely and immediately.
Czech President Miloš Zeman has expressed doubts that threats by US
President Donald Trump against North Korea aren’t ridiculous as opposed
to productive; he made the comments in an interview for broadcaster TV
Barrandov in which he was asked about the situation in North Korea.
The president added that sanctions against the Kim regime were not working and reiterated an earlier comment that the stand-off against North Korea could be resolved by a commando who would take the leader out. There were reports recently that South Korea was planning to put together a strike team capable of taking out North Korea’s leadership.
North Korea has continued to make headlines with yet another missile test over Japan - its second in three weeks, as well as news that its recent nuclear test may have been even stronger than initially thought. Amidst growing tensions as well as stricter sanctions, there are still many who are convinced that North Korea’s actions are rational – as opposed to suicidal - as a means of preventing regime change (see Fareed Zakaria’s opinion piece from September 15 in the Washington Post).
One of the most thought-provoking films at this year’s One World festival of human rights documentaries in Prague has been I’m Not Afraid. It follows the assisted suicide of Eli, a Dutch woman who has been suffering from extreme anxiety for most of her life. To discuss the ethics of euthanasia involving people in mental rather than physical pain, I spoke to another protagonist in the documentary, Eli’s psychiatrist – and the man who approved and assisted her voluntary death – Dr. Frederick Polak.