We often fill our heads with ballast of no real value
The One World Film Festival will show The Ways of Freedom. The main theme of this year’s One World Documentary Film Festival focuses on human rights violations. Russia’s imperialist efforts have culminated, an authoritarian regime in Belarus still exists and an independent judiciary in Poland, for example, is at stake. One World does not want to ignore the deteriorating human rights situation and the threat to democracy in the world, which is why materials on this topic prevail this year. In Uherské Hradiště, the festival will take place from March 22 to 25 at the Hvězda cinema and HUB 123 and will feature a total of 8 screenings of selected films, complemented by discussions with guests.
The program will feature eight screenings of selected films at the Hvězda Cinema and HUB 123 from March 22-25, complemented by talks with interesting guests and a traditional accompanying program. We talked about this year’s human rights festival with one of the playwrights, Jaromír Orl, from Městské kin.
The One World Festival in Uherské Hradiště has acquired a permanent place in the program of municipal cinemas. Through the non-profit organization People in Need, it draws attention to thorny issues of the present, but middle-aged and older audiences approach it rather lukewarm. Why do you think this is so?
It is true that the elderly attend the festival less. One can only imagine the causes. Perhaps it is related to age and the general tendency towards a more sedentary approach, or a certain withdrawal from cultural or political life.
Do the students at least want to tackle human rights violations around the world?
Students are more active, like young people in their thirties. Although I personally believe that even their desire to fight for a just cause (whether in their circles or on a global scale) is no longer as tangible as a few years after November 1989. People’s lives are full of ‘obligations to be active on all possible fronts, communication channels and often we fill our heads with ballast of no real value. The concepts of democracy, freedom or justice are perceived as abstract concepts rather than action accelerators. Moreover, it is difficult to form an opinion these days, when in many cases (especially foreign ones) the individual does not have the opportunity to compare comments from several sources, because all of them are just repeating official opinions. All this contributes to frustration and loss of motivation to participate as citizens in the development around… But people who are not indifferent to the world, of course, are not dead!
Do you think there is hope for changing people’s attitudes and thinking in general?
It is very easy to change people’s way of thinking under certain conditions. The question is which goal should change. The goal, in my opinion, should be to create a truly just society, where financial and ideological monopolies will not play a leading role (to put it simply). However, for such a society to emerge, everyone would have to reconsider their moral considerations considerably. I think the free market logic has gone too far, even where social and environmental issues should have come first. It has also transformed interpersonal relationships. People have focused a lot on materialistic thinking and individualism. It won’t be so easy to change.
How did the “cinema” team influence events in Ukraine?
We had to have a selection of films ready before the conflict broke out. However, we have included a document relating to Russia in the program. The damn book deals with the fate of an independent Russian television channel, which comes up against resistance from the regime. The guest of the show will be Voxpot editor-in-chief Vojtěch Boháč. One World viewers have known this for years. Vojtěch is currently personally present at events in Ukraine. We believe that all will be well and will bring us new information and observations on the place of the conflict in the ensuing discussion.
What would you invite the public to among the program offerings?
Each of the eight selected documents has fundamental explanatory power and is something unique. One of my favorites is the German documentary Who Owns My Village?, which shows that civic activism makes sense. The guest of the program will be Jakub Grós on the initiative of Čiste Hradiště. As part of the discussion of the ability of citizens to influence decisions on fundamental issues, he will also mention a specific topic – the issue of a heating installation. The Czech documentary Voices for the President or an attempt at counter-revolution, aimed without dogma at the Czech political scene, is also terrific. Director Martin Kohout will come to the screening in person. I also invite you to the (almost) incredible documentary The White Cube. This positive and very original example of aid to former African colonies is simply irresistible – like coming from another world!
Want to know more about the Russian invasion of Ukraine?
Thanks to an eyewitness – journalist Vojtěch Boháč, who will come from Ukraine as a guest of the One World film festival, you have the opportunity to get an in-depth insight into the situation!
The sad fate of the independent Russian television channel and at the same time the unfree leadership of Russia will be illustrated by the film Damn Work.
Nataša dances at every party, rides in a pink Porsche and has a crazy idea: to start her own TV channel in Russia called TV Dožď (Rain).
In 2008, she starts from scratch, she buys the main investor thanks to a fabulous marriage with a rich banker. “The rain is an adventure for me!” she exclaims, dancing barefoot in the rain on the roof of her train station, happy that her dream has come true.
As CEO, she assembles a well-functioning team and, despite all the initial setbacks, will within a few years build a major player in independent journalism from the original entertainment channel.
However, due to reports in which it gives space to anti-government voices, the station is increasingly encountering resistance from the regime. How high does the pressure rise?
Thursday, March 24 at 8 p.m., HUB 123
Award-winning film Children of the Mist
In a film by a fledgling Vietnamese filmmaker, a young Hmong girl refuses to submit to traditional bride kidnapping, which deprives local girls of the ability to decide their lives.
Thirteen-year-old Di is reaching an age where she wants to have fun without restraint, connect with her peers and experience a sense of freedom. He comes from the Hmong ethnic group who lives in the north of Vietnam, produces natural indigo, has its own language and customs.
During Lunar New Year celebrations, the ancient tradition of kidnapping teenage girls for marriage comes to life in their culture, even though marriage is illegal before reaching adulthood. Di doesn’t want to be drawn into the same trap as her older sister, who was kidnapped a few years ago, or live in a marriage as hopeless as her mother.
Will she be able to make her own choice and continue her studies?
His extraordinarily strong debut won Best Director at the IDFA International Documentary Film Festival last year.
Cinema Hvězda, Tuesday March 22 at 5.30 p.m.
Does the judicial crisis also await justice in our country?
The guests will be deputy judge of the Supreme Administrative Court Helena Bončková and political scientist and journalist Patrik Eichler.
The film Judges under Pressure draws attention to the undemocratic trials surrounding the judicial system in Poland. Judges who, if they do not submit, lose the possibility of doing their job.
Tuesday 22 March at 7.30 p.m., Hvězda cinema
Who owns my village? Host Jakub Grós on the initiative of Čiste Hradiště
The island of Rügen, a popular holiday destination in the former East Germany, began to attract investors after the country’s unification. Göhren council allowed construction to a single developer. The felled forest, where all the children of Göhren used to play, is replaced by a luxury hotel with cable car. A giant car park contracted 80 years ago, a project to set up a spa on the most beautiful beach in the village. However, the discontent of the natives grows…
Wednesday, March 23 at 8 p.m., HUB 123
Jiří́𝐧 𝐳 𝐁𝐞𝐥𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐮 + Jiří Eibensteiner
The charismatic headmaster of Holy Cross Primary School believes that bad things happen, but the key is how we respond to them.
Following Plato’s example, he uses discussion as the main teaching method. He solves with his students what is anxiety, aggression or fear and also how to deal with these emotions with the help of short philosophical exercises. But is it really possible to teach children mutual respect in such a warlike city?
Thursday March 24 at 5:30 p.m., HUB 123