21st International Human Rights Film Festival One World 2019 – List of festival guests
Name and Surname
producer, International competition
Finnish producer. Co-founder of the production company Making Movies, which has worked on more than 60 documentaries, including the documentary, The Magic Life of V. The primary protagonist Veera lives between two worlds. She escapes her unpleasant reality into fictional role playing, where she tries to cope with the traumas of childhood in her golden hood.
director, International competiton
Iraqi/French independent director. Feurat Alani appeals to the senses in his portrayal of Iraq through memories of family visits. As an adult he spends a number of years there working as a journalist, and is confronted by terror and war. In his home he finds himself looking down the barrel of an American soldier’s gun, but he also reports on the U.S. Army as an embedded journalist. Flavours of Iraq is comprised of 20 animated short films that join together to tell the story of Alani's life and experiences in Iraq.
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Steve Arnott - often nicknamed Hi-Vis Steve, is the protagonist of A Nothern Soul. Steve is trying to get a special Beats Bus bus into schools - he believes that thanks to this unconventional vehicle he can raise self-awareness to young people. He shows them how writing texts and rapping can help with improving faith in themselves. Stev's hip-hop name is "Red Eye Feenix" - he can get many of us all with his optimistic view.
director, International competition, One Zero
Belgian director with Ghanaian roots. He is studying Audiovisual Arts in Brussels, where he also completed his studies in film directing. In this Belgian-Dutch co-production, he shot his first full-length documentary film Sakawa. It follows three young people from Ghana, who started an unusual business - preying on naive internet users from America and Europe on online dating sites to get money. The documentary was screened at the IDFA Festival.
Gaby Baca is a singer-songwriter from Nicaragua, a country ruled by the authoritarian regime of Daniel Ortega and his wife. In her rock and rap music, she focuses on topics like feminism and freedom. Her music career has made her one of Nicaragua's most visible lesbians, and she is proud to join a tradition of Latin American feminists making political music. "I want to sing fear to power," Baca said
director, One World Interactive
Canadian filmmaker, she's brought her unique achievement Manic VR to One World. For three years, she recorded the voices of her two brothers, who have bipolar disorder. Audio recordings in which the siblings share their poetic hallucinations, but also painful anxieties, became the basis for the project in virtual reality.
director, International competition
French director and video journalist. Billet and Jobart previously worked together on the documentary Dream of a Rain of Perfume, a film about migrants leaving Afghanistan in search of a better life in Europe. Continuing this theme, Heart of Stone documents the life of an Afghani refugee, Quorban, over the course of eight years as he adjusts to his new life in France, realizing that he did not leave all of his trauma behind in Afghanistan.
Danish independent filmmaker. He is a TV host in addition to being a filmmaker, and he is well known for his ironic documentaries, Danes for Bush and The Red Chapel, filmed in the United States and North Korea, respectively. Cold Case Hammarskjold is his latest work which explores the death of UN General Secretary Dag Hammarskjöld in a suspicious plane crash in 1961.
Professor of Law and Head of the Law Department at Middlesex University in London. He has long been interested in the issue of the rights of global minorities and has published several monographs on the subject. He cooperates with the United Nations and is an active member of several expert forums for minority rights. Last year, he became the director of the prestigious organisation Minority Rights Group International, which works directly with the protagonist of the film On Her Shoulders, Nobel laureate Nadia Murad.
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Scriptwriter, TV and film director. His work comprises primarily short films, entertaining TV shows and comedies. His documentary iIsland takes a look at the Croatian iIsland of Biševo, which only has fifteen residents. Every summer they experience an uptick in tourism, which the local town hall also supports. The community decides to take matters into their own hands to overturn the mayor’s plans.
member of Bellingcat group
The documentary Bellingcat - The Truth in a Post-Truth World highlights the importance of citizen journalism, using specific cases to reveal the background of this respected organisation. It uses only open Internet resources to help investigate incidents such as the poisoning of the agent Skripal or bombings in Syria.
producer, One World Interactive
The British producer of the film Nowhere, filmed in virtual reality by director Maya Chaldecott. The film seeks to answer the difficult question - what does an unborn child perceive and experience as its mother, along with other refugees on a boat, heads for Europe?
director, Czech Competition
Czech director. She attracted attention with her student films Ďakujem ti, melónik (Transition) and Do zbraně (Arms Ready). Her latest film Real(e)state highlights the issue of inaccessible housing, which is currently very topical in the Czech Republic as well.
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Writer, martial artist, and freelance photojournalist who has worked with renowned international agencies and media. In his work, he deals with topics such as corruption, police brutality, political prisoners, and human rights abuses in Vietnam, for which he was often publicly maligned and shamed. In recent years, he has also been active on Facebook, where he streams interviews with leading Vietnamese intellectuals and public figures.
From 2005-2008 she worked at the alternative cinema Kinoki in Yogyakarta, and since 2006, she has been active in the Indonesian Festival Film Dokumenter, where she now holds the post of director. She is involved with the development of Indonesian documentary film after the 1965 coup; in recent years, she has focused on the distribution and screening of documentary films and co-operation with the Indonesian community.
Director, producer, and scriptwriter of Kurdish origin, currently living in exile in Berlin. In his work, he focuses on the behaviour of people in a war environment, and especially the psychology of the protagonists that we would describe as negative. His feature debut Return to Homs was honoured at the Sundance Film Festival. His documentary Of Fathers and Sons won the 2018 One World Award for Best Director and was nominated for an Oscar in 2019.
director, Right to Know
South African director and producer. He grew up in Britain, where his family received political asylum. He returned to South Africa in 1990 and later founded his own film production company. His film Everything Must Fall depicts the student movement that fought against the high fees at the University of Johannesburg and escalated into nationwide protests against social inequality.
Danish director. At One World, she's presenting her documentary Queen of Hearts, a portrait of Lizzete Risgaard – the first woman to lead Danish trade unions. Lizzete immediately initiated radical changes to return a significant role to an organisation that had lost about 500,000 members in recent years.
French director and scriptwriter. In addition to documentary filmmaking, he also studied social sciences. One World will present his documentary The Time of Forests, which as also screened at festivals such as DocPoint in Helsinki or Verzio in Budapest. The film examines more closely the workings of forest management in France (where the state of forests is similar to the Czech Republic) and what paths lead to a viable forest.
director, International Competition
Chinese filmmaker and photographer. He has worked for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Chinese office of Reuters. His film China’s Forgotten Daughters follows the story of Ruby, who decided to find her family. Due to the one-child policy, she was turned over to an orphanage.
Czech director and scriptwriter. He received awards at FAMUFest for his medium-length documentary Message from Dement (2012) about the punk and anti-fascist scene in Sao Paulo. As an editor, he has worked on numerous film and television projects, including the upcoming film Snowing! by director Kristina Nedvědová. The festival will present the documentary Central Bus Station, which shows the transformation of the Tel Aviv bus station into a place where people find refuge at the fringes of society.
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Somali director. The festival presents his film The Lost Warrior, made with his Danish colleague Soren S. Jespersen. The film follows the story of young Mohammed, who defects from the Somali terrorist organisation Al-Shabaab. Young Mohammed now lives in Mogadishu, but his family lives in London. In England, the 23-year-old faces court; in Somalia, the death penalty. This is not the directorial duo's first film - they also made the 2014 documentary Warriors From the North, which touched on a similar theme.
Since 2013, she has worked as the communications director and head of the volunteer centre in the Sakharov Center in Moscow. She also acts as a consultant, lecturer, and teacher at the Prague Media School, where she focuses on developing the skills of media coordinators who work in non-profit organisations in the European Union and Russia. Since 2018 she has been a committee member of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum.
Swiss director and producer. He was nominated for an Academy Award with War Photographer (2001) and won the World Cinema Directing Award at Sundance with Space Tourists (2009). Genesis 2.0 documents the life of mammoth hunters in Siberia who seek ivory and even intact carcasses as the permafrost thaws. Researchers flock to these discoveries to extract DNA in the hopes of resurrecting the woolly mammoth as a species.
Canadian director. Garland filmed the main protagonist of What Walaa Wants over the course of five years. Walaa was born in a Palestinian refugee camp. Her father abandoned her, and her mother returned from prison when Walaa was 15 years old. It's no surprise that she grew up to be a rebel with a complicated relationship with the authorities. Nonetheless, or maybe because of this, she decided to join the Palestinian Civil Police Force.
Georgian director. She worked in the programming section of the CineDoc Tbilisi festival and coordinated the EFA Young Audience Award. The festival will present her film Before Father Gets Back, which surveys the situation in Paranas, a remote region in Georgia. It follows the story of two girls, Eva and Imam, who recorded their daily life while waiting for their father, thanks to the director’s project.
Hungarian director. In her films, she primarily addresses political and social issues. Her movie The Fidesz Jew was the most provocative and most viewed documentary in Hungary in recent years. She returns to One World with the documentary Hungary 2018, which follows the election campaigns of Viktor Orbán and his rival Ferenc Gyurcsány.
director of DokuBaku
Imam is a DokuBaku Film Festival director and documentary filmmaker. He holds a degree in Film and Theater Directing, and is a director of theater plays and documentaries. DokuBaku International Documentary Film Festival is an independent film festival organized by a group of filmmakers on a voluntary basis. Within the framework of the festival there are screenings of films, master classes, as well as discussions and debates on social issues with the participation of local and international filmmakers. The main goal of the project is to encourage Azerbaijani filmmakers to create documentary films.
Matthew Heineman is a respected filmmaker on the American documentary scene; he has won the prestigious Emmy Award and an Oscar nomination. His gonzo style looks more like fiction filmmaking but is very naturalistic. The retrospective will present not only his successful films Cartel Land (2015) and Ghost Town (2017, winner of the One World Audience Award in 2018), but also his most recent docu-series The Trade (2018), which goes behind the scenes of the production and distribution of heroin in Mexico and the USA.
Director and actor originally from Belgium. He has many documentary achievements under his belt. For example, the short film Semalu - cinematic portraits of children and their lives in a suburb of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. At the One World Festival, he will present his new documentary A Punk Daydream. The film takes us to Southeast Asia, in particular to Indonesia. For the film's protagonists, the tattoo is a symbol of revolt, but Indonesian society perceives it as a sign of criminality, and they must face rejection by their own family.
Hofman Balbina Agata
The protagonist of the film Nowhere, filmed in virtual reality by director Maya Chaldecott. The film seeks to answer the difficult question - what does an unborn child perceive and experience as its mother, along with other refugees on a boat, heads for Europe?
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Finnish director and writer. She graduated with a Master of Arts from the ELO Film School Finland in Aalto University majoring in documentary film directing. Beside her film studies she also graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and Philosophy. Gods of Molenbeek looks at the issue of terrorism in the Molenbeek district of Brussels through the eyes of children. Six-year-old Aatos and his friend Amine do not share the same God, but they continue to play together despite the strikes and armed soliders who disrupt their town.
Polish director and scriptwriter. She studied film and TV directing at the Faculty of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia in Katowice. This far, her documentary work has focused primarily on World War II and the Holocaust. This year, One World is screening her new documentary feature Love and Empty Words, which follows the story of Adam and Wanda, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
Swedish documentary and pseudo-documentary film director and producer. He has already had many film achievements; in Sweden, he is one of the pioneers of modern documentary filmmaking. Javér holds numerous filmmaking awards, including the prestigious Swedish Film Institute Guldbagge Award, both for Best Documentary and Best Director. This year, One World will present his new film, Reconstructing Utøya - four survivors of the Utøya terrorist attack in 2011 attempt to reconstruct the traumatic experiences that seem to be indescribable.
director, Right to Know
Venezuelan director and cinematographer. He is director of two short films and one medium-length documentary, Sin Ti Contigo, which won the “Premio Feisal“ at Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara in 2011. It's All Good is his first feature-length documentary about the medical crisis in Venezuela. Amidst a failing public health system and medicine shortages, the filmmakers ask a pharmacist, trauma surgeon, activist and two patients to confront the same questions millions of Venezuelans are facing: protest or acquiesce, emigrate or remain, lose all hope or hang onto faith?
French photojournalist. Billet and Jobart previously worked together on the doucmentary Dream of a Rain of Perfume, a film about migrants leaving Afghanistan in search of a better life in Europe. Continuing this theme, Heart of Stone documents the life of an Afghani refugee, Quorban, over the course of eight years as he adjusts to his new life in France, realizing that he did not leave all of his trauma behind in Afghanistan.
director, Czech Competition
Slovak director, scriptwriter, and photographer. In his work, he focuses on documentaries on social topics; he also shoots films about architecture and music. He has his own production company. His movie The Band follows the story of the Roma Gypsy Band Lomnické Čáhve, which struggles to get on the stage of big music festivals despite difficult social conditions.
Ella is the chairwoman of the NGO Golos Beslana, founded by the victims of the terror attack at the school Beslan, North Ossetia. She devotedly directed her activism towards demanding Russian authorities to conduct a proper investigation and hold responsible those who were guilty for the tragedy that happened in Beslan. (In the result of the armed intervention by Russian state security forces, 331 out of 1128 hostages died).
Danish director and producer. His contribution to this year's One World Festival is the documentary Maid in Hell, which uses an investigative approach to show that slavery is alive and well in the 21st century. The film captures the stories of several maids in the Middle East and the practices of employment agencies. About 2.8 million young women and girls from Africa and Asia work In wealthy households in Lebanon, Jordan, and the UAE. Instead of being welcomed, their passports are confiscated; instead of a new home, they get conditions similar to a labour camp; instead of a decent salary, they get a handout. Employers even abuse and sexually harass them.
Ukranian independent director. Home Games features 20-year-old Alina who lives in Kiev and has a passion for playing football. However, with a mother in and out of jail, and an alcoholic stepfather, she struggles to care for her younger siblings and pursue her football goals at the same time.
Slovak independent director, scriptwriter, and producer. He made his debut with the feature film GRADUATES / Freedom is Not Free. At Old World, he presents his documentary The Good Death, which follows the story of 72-year-old Janette, who suffers from an incurable disease. She has decided, therefore, to travel to Switzerland for an assisted suicide.
protagonist, section Long Live Life!
Punk musician, founding member of the group Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. The 2012 film Punk Syndrome introduced them to the world. Now Pertti has decided to go into a well-deserved punk retirement. But before the whole band hung punk on a nail, they embarked on a wild tour, creating a memorable ending to his musical career. Punk Voyage is a film about friendship, rock-and-roll, and all of life's ups and downs.
Uzbek director. He is a director of a documentary about Oleg Sencov (The Trial - The State of Russia vs. Oleg Sencov), which was screened on One World 2017. His documentary film Novaya will have its international premiere at the One World Festival. The story of the prestigious liberal Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which began to lose journalists after 2000. From this perspective, the film sketches out the situation in Russia and the transformation of the country after the arrival of Vladimir Putin as president.
Danish director and visual artist. In his work, he tries to outline different perceptions of space and its dimensions. His latest film, Lykkelænder (Happy Land), shows the efforts of Greenland to achieve cultural and institutional independence. The relationship between Greenland and Denmark is rife with myths, which the director hints at in this film.
American lawyer and activist for deaf rights in the United States. At present, her primary focus is discrimination against the deaf in the legal system. She founded the volunteer organisation HEARD, which works to correct deaf wrongful convictions and to help the deaf in prison. For her work, Lewis has won numerous awards, including recognition as a “Champion of Change” by the White House during the presidency of Barack Obama.
Lin Lee Poh
protagonist, section Panorama
Australian social worker and psychologist. Poh is the main protagonist of the film Island of Hungry Ghosts, which shows the plight of refugees stranded in the Australian detention centre on Christmas Island. It confirms that the “Australian model,” often cited as an example in dealing with migration crises, is certainly far from ideal.
German director. He studied documentary filmmaking at the University of Television and Film in Munich. The festival presents his documentary Tackling Life, which introduces to viewers The Berlin Bruisers, Germany's first gay rugby team. “Not ashamed of being seen” is the motto that they live by as they destroy all stereotypes both on and off the playing field. Last year, List won the FIRST STEPS award for this documentary, awarded annually to outstanding final project films of film students in German-speaking countries.
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Polish director and actor. He played in two performances in musical theatre in Lodz, Poland, where he also studied film and acting. The One World Festival presents his autobiographical documentary Unconditional Love. Rafal is gay, and struggles with his uncomprehending conservative grandmother. The film captures the clash of old Catholic Poland holding fast to its principles with a new generation ready to fully adopt modern values.
director, Journeys to Freedom
Russian director. The publisher of the oldest online magazine about documentary films and author of the manifesto “Real Cinema”. The film Putin’s Witnesses consists entirely of archival footage shot at the very beginning of Putin's presidential era.
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VR director, currently living in London where she studied documentary filmmaking. Through her picture Nowhere, filmed in virtual reality, she offers an entirely new perspective on the refugee crisis.
director, International Competition
Peruvian director and writer, now based in Vienna. Hugo Blanco, Deep River confronts the image of Hugo Blanco, the famous young Trotskyist guerilla whose slogan was "Land or Death!" with the current white-bearded and tireless 81-year old fighter: Hugo Indio. The film follows a political life full of tensions between Hugo, the people, and military repression.
Director of Artistic and Cultural Affairs in the organisation None on Record, which works in digital media with African LGBT communities. As a theatre artist, she represented Uganda at theatre workshops at the Sundance Institute. Until 2017, she worked for the Doc Society Foundation in London, as was the artistic director of Maisha Garden in Uganda. In January 2019 she participated in the development of VR movies in the Venice Biennale study program Biennale College Cinema.
Meijer Laura Menna
director, Long Live Life!
Dutch director and producer. The festival presents her film Now Something Is Slowly Changing, which offers an insight into the practices and techniques of mental coaching. This can take on many forms - from individual therapy to simulated training situations. The film is shot in a specific way - without main characters, interviews or additional comments. Instead, an observational camera captures aggression control training and working with emotions.
Russian journalist. Former editor of one of the few independent newspapers in Russia, Novaya Gazeta. The publication has paid long-term attention to human rights violations and corruption cases involving Russian politicians. For his work, Muratov won the prestigious International Press Freedom Award, which is presented annually by the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Odhiambo Odongo Donwilson
Photographer. He currently lives in Kibera, Africa's largest slum, in Nairobi, Kenya. He is the central figure in the documentary Vote for Kibera, which takes place against the background of the presidential election in 2017. Don tries to depict the slum in a form other than as we know it from the mainstream media.
Finnish director and scriptwriter. Passi already captured the story of the band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, which consists of four mentally disabled friends, in the film Punk Syndrome, presented at One World in 2012. This year, the festival and Pertti present the documentary Punk Odyssey, which tells the story of the band's final concert tour.
Czech director. His work focuses primarily on feature films. Even before he began his studies, he made the feature film Walk On (2012) with minimal resources, which takes place partly in India. As a FAMU student, he created short fiction films such as Hamburgers (2012), The Fourth Spring (2013) and the mid-length drama on the theme of childhood The Great Trek (2015). His film Vote For Kibera highlights the atmosphere in the slums even in the moments when events surrounding the presidential elections disrupt it.
Czech director. Her final project film Call of the Wild is the story of two brothers who come from a dysfunctional family and the question of institutional care that hangs over their fate.
Director and pastor in Freetown. Co-founder of the Sierra Leone Film Council, which was the first to bring together local filmmakers. His documentary Survivors is a portrait of local humanitarian workers who struggle with the deadly Ebola virus.
Czech director, cameraman, and producer. In 2005 he graduated from the Department of Documentary Film at FAMU where he studied under Karel Vachek. He has lectured at The Robert J. Flaherty Film Seminar in the United States. He co-founded the Institute of Documentary Film and is the head of the independent production company Hypermarket Film. The festival will premiere his new documentary The Okamura Brothers, offering an unusual view of this motley trio of siblings.
American director. His work has appeared in places like the NY Times, Aperture, Harper’s Magazine, TIME, Oxford American, and the Walker Arts Center. Hale County, This Morning, This Evening is an Oscar-nominated film that poetically depicts life in Alabama for its black male protagonists. The film challenges stereotypical images of black life in the South, while simultaneously promoting the beauty of life and dreaming.
Italian director. The festival presents his documentary The Remnants. Although the Americans never declared war on Laos, they dropped the most bombs in the history of armed conflict on this Asian country. The effects of the war are still visible today – people recast the ubiquitous metal bombs into items for daily use or sell them to tourists.
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For the last ten years she has worked in arts and cultural management in various Egyptian and Arab regional cultural organisations. When the revolution broke out in Egypt, she stood at the forefront of activist and human rights initiatives like No To Military Trials For Civilians and Operation Anti Sexual Harassment (OpAntiSH). She is a co-founder of Mosireen, a non-profit media association that created the largest video archive of the Egyptian revolution called 858 An Archive of Resistance.
Czech director. He graduated from JAMU in Brno and Prague's FAMU but learned the most during his extended stays in Kenya and Brazil. His latest documentary Good News gives us an insight into the life of Petr Černý - one of the stars of Czech disinformation scene.
Serén Domínguez Eloy
Spanish director. Eloy Domínguez Serén was born in 1985 in Simes (Galicia), Spain. He studied in Salamanca, Milan, and Barcelona, where he graduated in 2010. Before debuting as a filmmaker he worked as a film critic for both radio and press. With vitality, humor and unexpected situations, Hamada paints an unusual portrait of a group of young friends living in a refugee camp in the middle of the stony Saharan desert, separated from Morocco and their former lives by a high wall and minefields.
Environmental lawyer currently researching paradiplomacy and the role of non-governmental actors on issues of climate change at the London School of Economics. For eight years she worked as an environmental lawyer in Brazil, and was the coordinator of the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development. Her focus is working on a local level to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Egyptian documentary filmmaker and psychologist. He received support for his projects at major festivals (Sundance, IDFA, Berlinale). His film Amal tells the story of fifteen-year-Amal, who is fighting for a better and freer Egypt. Over time, however, he realises that finding his place in male society is not so simple.
Correspondent for the Russian independent magazine MediaZona, founded by two members of the Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot. He covers political repressions and the state of the Russian criminal justice system, as well as neo-Nazism and radical political movements. He is also an actor in the Russian documentary theater group Teatr.doc, which will introduce its performance in Prague as part of One World on March 14th.
Steen Jespersen Søren
Danish director and producer. In 2017, Jesperson produced the film Last Men in Aleppo, nominated for an Oscar for best documentary film. This compelling documentary about the frustration caused by the unending Syrian war was screened at last year's One World Festival. This year, Jesperson comes to One World as a director. He shot the film The Last Warrior with Nasib Farah. Young Mohammed lives in Mogadishu, but his family lives in London. In England he faces court; in Somalia, death. Both for the same reason: the renegade Somali terrorist organisation Al-Shabaab.
director, One Zero
American director, producer, and social activist who draws attention to the issue of sexual violence and its victims. She founded the Safestreets project that maps places where sexual assaults have been reported. Together with her colleagues, Schwartzman also created a mobile application called Circle 6. The free app is designed to help protect against violence, especially the younger generation. This year, One World will present her new documentary Roll Red Roll!, in which the rape case of a sixteen-year-old girl in Ohio shows how deeply the roots of “rape culture” are sunk in society.
Polish director and scriptwriter, creator of both fiction and documentary films. He studied film and television directing at universities in Katowice and London. His documentary The Good Change: Poles Apart offers insight into the current political situation in the country through the eyes of two women from opposite sides of the political barriers. While Marta wants a strong Poland and leads a paramilitary unit, Tita wants to be part of Europe, hates weapons, and believes that the government program The Good Change is an instrument to suppress liberal influences.
Hungarian sociologist and anthropologist. He has dealt long-term with the increasing hegemony of the extreme right in Hungary. He currently works at Columbia University in New York. In 2018 he published the book The Revolt of Provinces on the functioning of the New Right in Central and Eastern Europe.
Documentary filmmaker and journalist. In 1994 he moved from California to Prague to observe free development in the former Eastern Bloc. Since then he has worked as a writer for numerous domestic and foreign publications, focusing primarily on art and travel. He is a correspondent for Variety, Time Out, and National Geographic and teaches journalism at the Anglo-American College.
French independent director. He began his filmmaking career in Paris, but later left the metropolis and settled with his family in Saorge, in the mountains near the sea and the Italian border. The festival brings his documentary To The Four Winds, which tells the story of French farmer Cédric. In his modest dwelling in the Roya Valley near the Italian-French border, he has let hundreds of refugees travelling from Africa to Europe stay with him.
Czech scriptwriter and director. She graduated from the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University. Since 1999 she has worked at TV Nova, first as a reporter and later as a director and the chief editor of several journalism programs. She also made a series of documentary films for Febio, documentaries for Czech Television, and reports for the public affairs program The Reporters on Czech Television. At One World, her documentary Start Again will premiere, the story of convicted marriage swindler Mirek and his last victim Monica, waiting for the return of her chosen one from prison.
Australian director and photographer. Interpersonal relationships mark his work; he often focuses on Asian culture and history. His films have been presented at the Cannes Lions festival, the LA Music Video Festival, and Adfest & Spikes Asia. He brings to the One World festival his documentary Last Exit to Kai Tak, which follows the lives of activists in Hong Kong in 2014 who took part in protests against the undemocratic Chinese regime. The “Umbrella Revolution” failed - how do its members live today?
Hungarian political scientist and sociologist, founder and director of the think-tank Republican Institute, which promotes the idea of an open society, fighting for human rights and seeking to create a platform for like-minded organisations. The institute defends progressive ideas in such diverse areas as migration, homelessness, and LGBTQ rights and is the leading critic of the government of Viktor Orban out of many civic organisations. His passion is teaching the issues of democracy and human rights through films, books, and music.
German independent filmmaker. In her work, she focuses on the impact of new technologies and media on society. This impact is also examined in her movie All Creatures Welcome, offering insight into the workings of the Chaos Computer Club - the largest hacker club in Europe.
Polish scriptwriter. Her debut film 10 Years to Nashville was nominated in 2010 for the best Polish documentary film. One World will screen her film Village of Swimming Cows, a film that captures a trio of thirty-year-olds from Berlin. They decided to escape the stress of the city and find their place in communion with nature in the Polish countryside.
Czech director. Her final project film Illusion came about during a study visit to Hungary. The documentary uses video game imagery to highlight the problems facing contemporary Hungary, all connected by one name: Viktor Orbán.
Van der Haak Bregtje
Dutch documentary filmmaker and journalist. She studied dance in Paris, and political science and law in Amsterdam and New York. She shoots films about social change, with a focus on urban life and globalisation. In 2012, for example, she made the film DNA Dreams, which examines the work of Chinese companies in a futuristic genetic laboratory and raises essential questions about the boundaries of genetic engineering. This film was also screened at the One World Festival. This year she's presenting her documentary Ubiquity, which deals with the influence of electricity, the Internet, and microwave radiation on human health. For physicians, it's a problem that's hard to grasp, but it's one which affects more and more people.
Van der Velden Gugi
Director and writer. Born in London, he currently lives in Amsterdam. His feature-length documentary The Ocean is about the first surfing club in Sierra Leone. But young surfing enthusiasts - also members of West African fishing communities - must grapple with the negative attitude of the locals who don’t understand their desire to ride the waves. The film won the Audience Award at the Surf Film Festival in London. It then won the award for Best Soundtrack at the Surf Film Festival in Portugal.
Van Paesschen Bram
Dutch director. The festival will present the documentary I'm New Here, which follows the journey of immigrants from Congo and other Africans who choose to do business in China and fulfil their dreams of wealth and a better life. What they chose, however, was one of the strictest regimes in the world.
Van Voorst van Beest Stella
Dutch director. Van Voorst van Beest often makes melancholic films, and Good Neighbors is no exception. After hearing the news that a woman had been dead in her flat for 10 years without anyone finding her, she decided to accompany a group in Rotterdam that planned to map loneliness in people over the age of 75. In this campaign against loneliness, the film encounters questions about aging and how to build community.
Van Zantvoort Ton
Dutch filmmaker. In his work, he devotes his attention to marginalised people searching for ways to function in society. But they are confronted with external influences in the form of tourism and consumerism. Sheep Hero is devoted to one such person. Its protagonist, herdsman Stijn, is one of the last Dutch sheepherders who manages his farm using traditional methods.
He works for the Sundance Festival as a dramaturge focusing on American and international documentaries, but also leads a talent forum that connects filmmakers with film industry representatives. In addition to his work at Sundance, he works with the platform for queer creation Dirty Looks and as a consultant for the LGBTQ film festival Frameline in San Francisco.
Executive Director of the human rights festival Inconvenient Films and has been project manager of the Lithuanian Center for Human Rights since 2017. She has nine years of experience in organising various cultural activities including curating the Lithuanian film program and managing the industry program at the International Film Festival in Vilnius. In 2015 she participated in the film festival Hot Docs in Toronto and worked as an archive researcher for the documentary Wine and War.
Czech artist, photographer, and cameraman. He teaches at the Secondary School of Art and Design in Brno. As a cameraman, he worked on the production of numerous feature films and many documentary films shown on Czech Television. The film We're Still Not Finished tells the stories of active Czech seniors who demonstrate that old age doesn't mean you can't live life to its fullest.