One World 2021

CONNECTION LOST

Internet connection, webcam, the constant clicking of the mouse, and trying, if only for a moment, to see the people on the other side of the screen. “Connection lost” has become one of the most common messages people  encounter during meetings made possible by the technological advances of the internet. It is the computer’s way of informing us of a weak connection or of other technical difficulties that negatively affect our technology-based communication. At the same time, these words perfectly describes the situation that many people have found themselves in during the pandemic. Who has been disconnected merely from a video conference, and who feels disconnected from everyday life? What challenges has the transition to an online world brought us and what is our place within the new reality? These are some of the questions asked by the twenty-third edition of the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.

Sunday

June 6

Sunday June 6 8:30 PM

8:30 PM

A New Shift

In this documentary, a worker retrains as a computer programmer after his coal mine closes.But after 25 years as a physical laborer, can he fit in with the young and trendy digital crowd?
in Czech with English subtitles

Nová šichta

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2020

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91 min

Directed by

Sunday June 6 6:00 PM

6:00 PM

Anny

Anny didn't become a sex worker till she was 46, but since then, she's kept returning to the streets of Prague, rain or shine, as cars pass by at a snail's pace. Helena Trestíková's film crew also kept returning to Anny in the years from 1996 to 2012. This is the modus operandi of the Czech director: she follows ordinary people for years. These longitudinal projects also indirectly capture the larger lines of history - in this case, the economic crisis years that sometimes prompt Anny to muse on communism.
in Czech

Anny

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2020

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67 min

Directed by

Saturday

June 5

Saturday June 5 8:30 PM

8:30 PM

Fly So Far

After serving ten years behind bars for her miscarriage, considered by her government to be an act of aggravated murder, Teodora Vásquez becomes a spokesperson for the other 16 Salvadoran women behind bars for the same "crime" in this story of sorority, resilience, and solidarity.
in Spanish with Czech and English subtitles

Fly So Far

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2021

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88 min

Directed by

Saturday June 5 6:00 PM

6:00 PM

White Noise

The Atlantic's first feature documentary is the definitive inside story of the movement that has come to be known as the alt-right. With unprecedented access, White Noise tracks the rise of far-right nationalism by focusing on the lives of three of its main proponents: Mike Cernovich, a conspiracy theorist and sex blogger turned media entrepreneur; Lauren Southern, an anti-feminist, anti-immigration YouTube star; and Richard Spencer, a white-power ideologue. Directed and shot by Daniel Lombroso in his directorial debut, this film... more...
in English with Czech subtitles

White Noise

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2020

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94 min

Directed by

Friday

June 4

Friday June 4 8:30 PM

8:30 PM

Wolves are back. They bring along both fear and hope. Do they still have place in our nature?
in Czech with English subtitles
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2020

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78 min

Directed by

Friday June 4 6:00 PM

6:00 PM

I Am Gen Z

Investigated through expert interviews and the web lens of Generation Z, the documentary explores how the explosion of the digital revolution is impacting our society, our brains and mental health, how the forces driving it are working against humanity and have put us on a dangerous trajectory that has huge ramifications for this first generation growing up with mobile digital technology.
in English with Czech subtitles

I Am Gen Z

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2021

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100 min

Directed by

Thursday

June 3

Thursday June 3 8:30 PM

8:30 PM

El Agente topo

A private investigator in Chile hires someone to work as a mole at a retirement home where a client of his suspects the caretakers of elder abuse.
in Spanish with Czech and English subtitles

The Mole Agent

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2020

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84 min

Directed by

Thursday June 3 6:00 PM

6:00 PM

The Mole: Undercover in North Korea

A real-life undercover thriller about two ordinary men who embark on an outrageously dangerous ten-year mission to penetrate the world's most secretive and brutal dictatorship: North Korea. This series tells the story of 'The Mole', an ordinary family man from Denmark turned secret agent, and 'Mr. James', a former jet-set cocaine pusher posing as Scandinavian billionaire. Together with director Mads Brügger, they attempt to find a smoking gun to prove how North Korea is busting UN sanctions. Incredibly, these two... more...

Wednesday

June 2

Wednesday June 2 8:30 PM

8:30 PM

Unseen

Childbirth is one of the most important moments in a woman’s life, but a doctor’s inappropriate approach can easily turn it into a traumatising event that leaves scars on body and soul. Some countries, such as Denmark, promote individualised care to best support the expectant mother’s wishes, but in Czechia and Slovakia their ideas are usually not taken into account. An approach that reduces the birthing mother to an almost mentally incompetent patient whose “problem” needs to be medically resolved... more...
in English, Czech and Danish with Czech subtitles

Neviditeľná

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2020

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87 min

Wednesday June 2 6:00 PM

6:00 PM

Chaddr – A River Between Us

Once a year 17-year-old girl Stanzin has to travel for three days from her home village to school. The pass through Himalaya she has to take, called "Chaddr" ("a way of snow"), is dangerous. Stanzin is about to go through Chaddr for the last time in her life. She has three months of studies left at school before graduation. She is awaiting a scholarship that will decide upon her whole future.
in English and Tibetan with Czech subtitles

Chaddr - Unter Uns Der Fluss

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2020

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89 min

Directed by

Tuesday

June 1

Tuesday June 1 8:30 PM

8:30 PM

Imad's Childhood

Five-year-old Imad from Iraq has spent half his life as a captive of the so-called Islamic State. Returning to his family and normal life is difficult for him and for those around him. Imad was one of thousands of Yazidis abducted by Islamists in 2014. After two and a half years, he returns to his mother. But she has not managed to overcome her trauma from that time and is already experiencing another hell, despite being reunited with Imad. The... more...
in Arabic and Kurdish with Czech subtitles

Imads barndom

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2020

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78 min

Tuesday June 1 6:00 PM

6:00 PM

An Impossible Project

Humans are analogue. We're literally sick of the digital world engulfing us. People are yearning for real things and authenticity. IMPOSSIBLE is sensuous and inspiring film about the revenge of analog. And the eccentric, crazy Austrian scientist, who saved the world's last Polaroid factory - just when Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone. An entertaining underdog story of a very modern Don Quixote, shot on 35mm. And a sumptuous invitation to fall in love with real things again.
in English with Czech subtitles

An Impossible Project

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2020

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93 min

Directed by

Monday

May 31

Monday May 31 8:30 PM

8:30 PM

Housing Against Everyone

How is it possible to deal with people who are unable to secure their own housing? Czech politicians take opposing positions, and their conflict emerges in all its intensity. The availability of housing is a big topic today. It has the strongest impact on those who participate least in the public debate – low-income households, minorities or single men and women. The film follows a group of activists around Martin Freund, a representative and member of the Live Brno movement,... more...
in Czech and English with Czech subtitles

Bydlet proti všem

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2021

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89 min

Monday May 31 6:00 PM

6:00 PM

Courage

In the course of the presidential elections in Belarus in the summer of 2020, three actors from an underground theatre "Belarus Free 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 people's voice is brutally crushed by the regime's security apparatus. Members of the theatre group and many other people get arrested. The... more...
in Belarusian and Russian with Czech subtitles

Courage

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2021

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90 min

Directed by