One World 2014

16th One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

The theme of this year’s One World international festival of human rights documentaries, which runs from March 3–12 in Prague, is work, with many of the films selected looking at various aspects of the universal subject of labour. The opening film is Miners Shot Down, in which director Rehad Desai returns to the events of August 2012 when a strike by thousands of miners in South Africa demanding better wages was followed by the worst massacre in the country since the end of apartheid.

The festival – which is this year being held for the 16th time – will present a total of 106 documentaries (including six world premieres) from 54 countries. After Prague, One World will travel on in reduced form to 33 other Czech cities and towns and to Brussels.

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Radio Prague articles on the One World festival:

Persecution of Pussy Riot shows Putin’s insecurity, says maker of doc on protest group

'Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer', photo: archive of One World'Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer', photo: archive of One World One of the most popular films at the recent One World festival of human rights documentaries in Prague was Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer. The story of the trial of three members of Pussy Riot for attempting to perform a protest song at a Moscow cathedral, it draws on interviews with their relatives and other members of the collective to create a vivid portrait of the controversial Russian group. More...

First victim of crisis is democracy, says maker of doc on shutdown of Greek public broadcaster

'The Lost Signal of Democracy', photo: archive of One World'The Lost Signal of Democracy', photo: archive of One World Among the 100-plus films being screened at Prague’s One World festival of human rights documentaries is The Lost Signal of Democracy. It explores what happened last June when, a couple of years after the country’s financial meltdown, the Greek government shut down public broadcaster ERT overnight. More...

Anti-gay law mandates mob violence, says maker of God Loves Uganda

'God Loves Uganda', photo: archive of One World'God Loves Uganda', photo: archive of One World Among the highlights of this year’s One World festival of human rights documentaries is God Loves Uganda, a gripping film revealing how right-wing Christians – including LGBT opponent Scott Lively – campaigned successfully for anti-gay legislation in the African state. More...

Somali pirates – and purported ones – focus of Czech-produced doc set for OW premiere

'Pirating Pirates', photo: archive of One World'Pirating Pirates', photo: archive of One World The Czech-produced Pirating Pirates, which premieres on Friday at Prague’s One World festival of human rights documentaries, looks at why some Somalis began raiding foreign vessels in the mid-1990s. But the film also has a fresh twist, as its makers find themselves struggling to establish the bona fides of locals claiming to be pirates and charging for interviews. More...

OW doc reveals tough conditions at one of China’s 400 internet addiction centres

'Web Junkies', photo: archive of One World'Web Junkies', photo: archive of One World Web Junkies, currently screening at the One World festival of human rights documentaries in Prague, is a startling portrait of how China deals with teens hooked on online games. Indeed, it was the first country to classify internet addiction as a clinical disorder and has set up 400 treatment centres. More...

Marikana massacre “worse emotionally” than those of apartheid era, says maker of OW curtain raiser Miners Shot Dead

'Miners Shot Down', photo: archive of One World'Miners Shot Down', photo: archive of One World The One World festival of human rights documentaries opened in Prague on Monday night with the world premiere of Miners Shot Down. A disturbing film, it maps a police massacre of striking workers at the Marikana mine in South Africa in 2012 that left 34 people dead. More...

Theme of work universal, says One World director Kulhánková

Hana Kulhánková, photo: Kristýna MakováHana Kulhánková, photo: Kristýna Maková The 2014 One World festival of human rights documentaries, which gets underway in Prague on Monday, will showcase over 100 films from more than 50 states around the world. The theme of the 16th edition of the festival is work. Ahead of the curtain raiser, the director of One World, Hana Kulhánková, explained why the organisers chose that subject – and shared some tips as to what films to catch. More...

Homo Homini human rights award to go to Dagestan lawyer Magomedova

Sapiyat Magomedova, photo: One World Festival Press ServiceSapiyat Magomedova, photo: One World Festival Press Service The Homo Homini prize for human rights advocacy, which is presented by the NGO People in Need during the One World documentary film festival, will go to Sapiyat Magomedova, a lawyer in Dagestan who represents victims of human rights abuse. More...

Each Sunday, participants will be able to vote in our new series Hit of the Century, covering 100 years of music in Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. (More)