One World Film Festival 2018 Starts Tonight in Prague
Now in its 20th year, the international documentary human rights film festival One World (Jeden svět) is one of the largest film festivals of its kind, and one of the biggest in scope both in Prague and across the Czech Republic.
Organised by the Czech charity People in Need (Člověk v tísni), the fest gives a platform to documentary features that fall within the scope of human rights and also beyond, presenting films that tackle a wide array political, sociological, and environmental issues.
This year’s festival with kick off tonight at Kino Světozor with a screening of The Cleaners (pictured above), a new documentary about social media censorship in the Philippines from directors Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck. The movie had its world premiere to acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival just a few weeks back.
Through March 14, the One World FIlm Festival will present 128 features at ten cinemas across Prague, and welcome 120 filmmakers from around the world to the Czech Republic.
Cinemas screening One World features over the course of the next week in Prague include (deep breath) Kino Světozor, Bio Oko, Kino Lucerna, Kino Atlas, Kino Evald, Kino Ponrepo, the French Institute’s Kino 35, Prague’s Municipal Library, the Tibet Open House gallery, and the CAMP Center of Architecture and Urban Planning in Vyšehrad.
Ten films vying for the top prize in the Czech Competition section at this year’s One World festival include topical entries like God Forsaken, a window into the lives of immigrants in the Czech Republic from director Saša Dlouhý, Empire Builders, Andran Ambramjan’s look at local anti-Islam extremists, and AsexualLOVE, an examination the Czech asexual subculture by director Eva Lammelová.
A new section dedicated to contemporary US documentaries will showcase Trumped, which follows the American President during his first year in office, and Whose Streets?, a look at the 2014 protests in Ferguson, among other films.
A complete look at all 128 features screening at this year’s One World Film Festival can be found at the official festival website.
After premiering in Prague, the festival will bring a selection of films to 36 other cities across the Czech Republic, including Brno, Olomouc, Ostrava, and other regions. Films from the festival will also be screened in Brussels at the end of April.
In Prague, matinee tickets to films starting before 17:00 run 60 CZK; tickets to films after 17:00 are 100 CZK.
Most films will be in their original language with Czech and/or English subtitles when appropriate; exceptions for non-English-friendly screenings are noted in the festival program.