One World Festival Prague

One more festival, and one of great importance. The following text is taken from the site of IDF (Institute of Documentary Film), that stands for a huge so-called industry programme parallel to the festival. It all takes place in Prague, March 6-15.

One World is the largest human rights documentary film festival in the world. This year, the festival opens in Prague followed by another 40 towns across the Czech Republic. The program features engaging and thought-provoking documentaries that promote a deeper understanding of political and social issues both in national and global contexts. On top of its year-round projects, One World also supports human rights film festivals abroad, e.g. the first annual Baghdad Eye Festival in Iraq in 2012.

Main Competition
The feature-length documentary films in this category will be competing for the Best Film and Best Director Awards, which will be presented by the Grand Jury. The Lithuanian-Finnish documentary Barzakh (photo) by Mantas Kvedaravicius is one of the 15 films in this section that also includes a number of festival hits, e.g., 5 Broken Cameras, Bombay Beach, Planet of Snail, Special Flight and The Tiniest Place.

Right to Know
This competition category presents feature-length documentaries that draw attention to unknown or suppressed issues linked to human rights. The winning film receives the Rudolf Vrba Award. 14 films will be presented in this section, including Belarusian Dream by Russian filmmaker Ekaterina

Kibalchich and the Chechen-themed Who Killed Natasha? by Mylène Sauloy, co-produced by France, Serbia, Croatia and the UK. Also watch out for the super successful Big Boys Gone Bananas!* or the ITVS-funded Invoking Justice.

Youth Quake
The selection does not focus just on the Arab Spring and uprisings in Tunisia, Syria, Egypt, Bahrain and Libya but also captures protests of young people in established democracies; here you’ll find Darkhead by Austrian filmmaker Arman T. Riahi; The New World by Estonian filmmaker Jaan Tootsen or Marshall Curry’s Oscar-nominated If a Tree Falls – A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

With or Without You
The films in this category show how the most varied of social influences – migration, poverty, institutional care, foster care and adoption – disrupt and complicate traditional family ties and relationships: e.g., the Austrian doc Mama Illegal by Ed Moschitz, included in East Silver 2012.

So-called Civilization
The documentaries in this category draw attention to mankind?s twisted relationship with the environment in which it lives and to the fact that humanity is destroying nature irrevocably through its ill-considered and reckless activities – e.g., The Magical Journey of Useless Things by Katja Schupp, Detroit Wild City, Chernobyl Forever, and You’ve Been Trumped.

This category offers a selection of highly-rated documentary films that have in the last two years received a great deal of attention at international festivals, where some picked up prestigious prizes – screening, for instance, Bakhmaro by Georgian filmmaker Salome Jashi; El Medico – The Cubaton Story by Daniel Fridell; Argenitinian Lesson by Wojciech Staron, and Victor Kossakovsky’s ¡Vivan las Antipodas!

Czech Films
As each year, One World presents Czech documentary films shot in the previous year to both Czech audiences and foreign guests – Big as Brno; From Cherries to Cherries; Into Oblivion; Love in the Grave; Punk in Africa; Race to the Bottom; Solar Eclipse; The Tripoint; Trafacka – Temple of Freedom.

People in Need – 20 Years
This retrospective category is included in the programme on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the foundation of one of the biggest non-profit organisations in Central Europe and the organiser of the festival, the People in Need foundation. Films, videos and photographs online at

For more details on all programmes and films, please visit One World.

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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