Slovakia’s One World Film Festival to introduce a slew of local documentaries
- The latest works by domestic filmmakers Maia Martiniak, Lucia Kašová, Vladislava Sárkány and Jakub Julény will be premiered during the upcoming, online iteration of the festival
The 21st edition of the One World International Documentary Film Festival (5-11 November) has been transformed from an on-site event held in the capital of Slovakia into a nationwide, online affair. “Film festivals, and One World in particular, are magical thanks to the closeness, the mutual sharing of emotions in the cinema and the fiery discussions after the screenings. We have great respect for gatherings that have done it in their own way, safely and yet still in cinemas. For One World, this year will be an exciting experiment and a trial by fire. However, we have pulled off a daring feat – we will feed the audience with intellectual food, with the addition of some human heat during outdoor activities," says artistic director Diana Fabiánová. The central topic of this year’s edition is “choice”.
The festival will introduce the latest work by Slovakian documentarian Maia Martiniak, Unseen [+see also:
interview: Maia Martiniak
film profile], as a domestic premiere. The film follows three women who are due to give birth. Martiniak shows “the complexity of the topic of birth trauma, and the need to change the attitude of the healthcare system and society towards a woman as a mother”. Andrea Culková will address climate change by capturing the environmental-activist movement Extinction Rebellion in Grief. Orchestra from the Land of Silence by Lucia Kašová is another local production that will be introduced as a domestic premiere. The short documentary is about young members of the first Afghan orchestra, who decide to emigrate while on tour in Europe.
Other domestic films in the line-up include The Commune, the feature debut by Jakub Julény, which tells the story of a community of nonconformist artists and philosophers, and the rocky path towards democracy in Czechoslovakia in the 1980s and 1990s. Vladislava Sárkány will reveal her documentary comedy Monarchy, about “the efforts of man to make his country better”, and Czech producer and filmmaker Radovan Síbrt will unveil Two Roads, a documentary about the band The Tap Tap, whose members are disabled but “living full-on”.
The festival’s programme is built around the main sections Climate, Migration, New Technologies, Political Regimes, Slovakia and the Czech Republic for Human Rights, and Relationships. The 2020 selection includes, among others, Joonas Berghäll’s collective portrait of the state of well-being of Finnish men, The Happiest Man on Earth [+see also:
film profile]; Ai Wei-Wei’s documentary about the coronavirus, Coronation; Estephan Wagner and Marianne Hougen-Moraga’s Songs of Repression [+see also:
interview: Estephan Wagner and Mariann…
film profile], exploring the closed Colonia Dignidad sect in Chile; and Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss’s Lovemobil [+see also:
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