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.
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.
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.
Final preparations are underway for the One World human rights documentary film festival, which starts in Prague on Monday. This year’s edition, the 19th, will turn the spotlight on the lives of migrants who have settled in Europe – and deliver all kinds of captivating stories from around the globe. Ahead of the opening, festival director Hana Kulhánková filled me in on this year’s curtain-raising film.
The One World 2017 international documentary film festival focused on human rights will present some 121 documentaries from 70 countries in Prague in early March, organisers revealed at a press conference on Tuesday. The main focus of this years’ event is the art of collaboration and sharing. The festival will get underway with the screening of a Bulgarian documentary called the Good Postman, set in a small village on the Bulgarian-Turkish border, which is a gateway mostly for Syrian refugees. After Prague, the One World festival will move to an additional 32 cities in the Czech Republic as well as to Brussels.
It is perhaps fitting that the Human by Yann Arthus-Bertrand is the only film to have had its premiere at the UN General Assembly. Based on over 2,000 interviews shot around the globe, the documentary does nothing less than attempt to capture mankind in three hours and 20 minutes. Arthus-Bertrand intersperses testimonies on everything from war to love with stunning images of nature, reflecting his background as a pioneer of aerial photography. When we spoke at Prague’s One World festival of human rights documentaries I asked the French director
A Syrian Love Story on Monday was awarded the main prize at the One World festival of human rights documentaries in the Czech Republic. The film, directed by British filmmaker Sean McAllister, tells the story of a family which the regime of Bashar Assad. Once in Paris, they look for a new home but the marriage between the two main protagonists eventually falls apart.
Perhaps best known from his powerful images from the streets of Prague during the Soviet-led invasion of 1968, Josef Koudelka – who emigrated soon after those events – must rank as the greatest living Czech photographer. A treat for photography buffs at this year’s One World festival of human rights documentaries has been Koudelka Shooting Holy Land, in which we follow the protagonist, now in his late 70s, as he captures the building of the wall between Israel and Palestine as well as the region’s stunning landscape. The documentary is the work