One World Film Festival Kicks Off Today in Prague

Tonight, March 6, Prague’s long-running international human rights documentary film festival One World begins festivities with a screening of The Good Postman at Cinemas Lucerna and Světozor.

The movie, a Bulgarian-Finnish co-production that looks at a small village on Bulgaria’s border with Turkey that serves as a transit point for Syrian refugees entering Europe, will be followed by a discussion with producer Kaarle Aho at both venues.

One World (Jeden svět in Czech) is one of the largest film festivals of its kind, and in its 19th year organizers will bring 114 films from 70 countries to the Czech capital alongside accompanying projects and events.

All films will be screened with English subtitles. Over the next week, Prague cinemas Kino Lucerna, Kino Světozor, Kino Atlas, Bio Oko, Kino Ponrepo, Kino Evald, and the Municipal Library will almost exclusively feature films from the One World festival.

Many of the screenings will be followed by discussions with the filmmakers or other special speakers, as the festival welcomes nearly 150 special guests from countries across the world.

With ‘fake news’ a topical buzzword in 2017, the One World festival presents a unique opportunity to view films from a wide variety of topics and viewpoints. This year, many of the features take a look at conflicts in the Islamic world and the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe.

Five films will be having their world premieres at the 2017 festival: Children Online (from director Kateřina Hager), a look a Czech teenagers and social media, Epidemic of Freedom (Tereza Reichová, Hynek Reich Štětka), a local take on the mandatory vaccination debate, We Are Humanity (Alexandre Dereims), which focuses on the last 400 members of the Jarawa tribe on the Andaman Islands, I’m not Afraid (Fadi Hindash), about euthanasia in the Netherlands, and Grab and Run (Roser Corella), a look at the marriage practices in Kyrgyzstan.

A full schedule of films and events can be found on the website of One World 2017.

After the Prague screenings finish next Wednesday, March 15, the festival will continue at venues in 32 other cities across the Czech Republic.


Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky has been writing about the Prague film scene and reviewing films in print and online media since 2005. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, you can also catch his musings on life in Prague at and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *