Festival's Basic Information
International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
The best of current world documentary production is traditionally seen in the International Competition. It contains the latest documentaries, which combine thematic importance and excellent formal aspects. The selection also emphasises geographical diversity.
Right to Know
The competition section traditionally reveals cases of human rights violations that are worth knowing, even though you usually do not read about them in the media. The key to these films are strong activist characters, through whose stories we learn valuable details about the current situation in various countries around the world.
This year, the domestic competition category was something of a balancing act. The vision of the physical festival, to which this year’s initial planning was directed, seemed like a great starting point for many long-awaited Czech documentaries. However, as the end of the pandemic and with it the possibility of screening in physical cinemas remained in sight, fears of the inevitable launch of an online festival stopped many filmmakers, who decided to postpone the premieres of their films. Nevertheless, One World offered some extraordinary new films from brave filmmakers who were not afraid to release their films even in these difficult times.
One World for All
We believe that participation in culture and public life is an important human right, and for this reason we endeavour to make the festival accessible to the widest possible audience. All films have Czech subtitles, some films also have descriptive captions for the deaf and hard of hearing. We offer films with an audio description for people who are blind or partially sighted. A selection of the programme is interpreted into Czech sign language and simultaneously transcribed into Czech.
We also screen films for pupils and students
We’ve also prepared something for our youngest viewers. Every year we select documentary films adapted to school-age children, and for the older ones we have a special offer from the festival programme. In addition, moderated discussions are held within the school screenings. The selected offer for schools is accessible all year round and after the festival on the JSNS.CZ portal.
The festival also includes the awarding of the only Czech international human rights award, Homo Homini, presented to people or groups who have made a significant contribution to the promotion of human rights. Besides moral support for the winners and their loved ones, it attracts greater attention from the international community.
We also screen selected films from each year in Brussels to European politicians and representatives of international organisations, who can influence decisions on important human rights issues. Where active individuals and organisations seek to launch their own human rights documentary festivals, often in countries with undemocratic regimes, we offer support and a helping hand to get started. We have also published the practical guide How to Start a Human Rights Festival.
Films after the festival
The Get Your Audience! project has been operating for 11 years. Thanks to this you can screen selected films shown at One World legally and free of charge all year round, anywhere in the Czech Republic.
March 21, 2022
November 1, 2021