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One World in Brussels

18/04/2016 - 00:00
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For the tenth time, One World, the international documentary film festival on human rights, took place in Brussels from 18th until 27th April. The festival featured 14 movies chosen from the Prague One World Festival, held in March 2016 in Prague and other cities in the Czech Republic.

The 10th annual One World in Brussels took place shortly after the tragic terrorist attacks from 22th of March. Despite the sensitive security situation following the attacks, neither the program, nor the public attendance at the Festival were negatively affected. From 18th to 27th April the screenings and discussions were attended by the total of 2,043 people.

One World Brussels presented 14 documentaries from the program of One World 2016 in Prague. The Babushkas from Chernobyl was the most attractive film for the audience, attended by 300 people. The opening film was the Belgian documentary No Man Is an Island, that was also introduced as the Belgian premiere.

The committee of the festival awarded three prizes:

The prize for the best film

The Crossing

George Kurian

Norway / 2015 / 55 min.

The special mentions

The Trials of Spring

Gini Reticker

USA, Egypt / 2015 / 80 min.

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Inna Denisova

Russia / 2015 / 70 min.

The screenings were followed by discussions with distinguished guests, among whom were for example Taslima Nasreen, laureate of the Sakharov Prize in 1994, Femke van Velzen, the director of the film A Haunting History, David Bernet, the director of the film Democracy, and Jan Philipp Albrecht, Member of the European Parliament and the protagonist of the film Democracy. On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the birth of Vaclav Havel, the document Vaclav Havel - A Life in Freedom, was added to the program.

One World films were screened at the Permanent Representation to the EU, at Brussels' main cultural institution Bozar, the European Parliament, the Norwegian Embassy in Belgium and newly also at the Italian Cultural Institute. On 19th of April, Bozar also hosted a discussion on migration with Šimon Pánek, Director of the People in Need Foundation, moderated by Jurek Kuczkiewicz, journalist for Le Soir.

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