One World Film Festival

One World ( Czech : Jeden Svět ) is the largest human rights film festival in the world, held annually in Prague and other cities of the Czech Republic , with a selection shown below.

Established in 1999 by Igor Blazevič and the Czech NGO People in Need , the One World Festival presents over 100 documentary films in spring from around the world. It is a founding member of the Human Rights Film Network, which brings together 33 festivals around the world.

In 2006, the festival receives a Special Mention from UNESCO for its contribution to human rights and peace education. Three years later, in 2009, One World published a handbook entitled to a Human Rights Film Festival, which provides a guide to human rights. [1]

In 2011, the One World Festival was in its 13th year and took place from 8 – 17 March, presenting 104 documentaries from more than 40 countries around the world. The festival seeks to promote the best quality documentary films on social and political issues. Furthermore, it has been held in 33 other towns and cities throughout the Czech Republic. [1] A selection of One World films was also presented in Brussels. One World was held under the auspices of Václav Havel , the Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg , the Minister of Culture Jiří Besser, and the Mayor of Prague Bohuslav Svoboda . [2]

The festival brings together a passionate group of filmmakers, human rights activists and charismatic individuals who stand at the forefront of the struggle for freedom, justice and human dignity. One World has been inspiring and engaging with the establishment of many new human rights oriented festivals in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Homo Homini

During the festival, People in Need, the annual Homo Homini Award to individuals in the recognition of human rights, democracy and nonviolent solutions to political conflicts. The 2011 award went to the underground network of Syrian Doctors, Coordinating Doctors of Damascus , for their work in aiding victims of violence in Syria. [3]

Winners of the Homo Homini Award [4]

  • 1994: Sergei Kovalev
  • 1997: Szeto Wah
  • 1998: Ibrahim Rugova
  • 1999: Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas
  • 2000: Min Ko Naing
  • 2001: Zackie Achmat
  • 2002: Thích Huyền Quang , Thích Quảng Độ and Nguyen Van Ly
  • 2003: Nataša Kandić
  • 2004: Gheorghe Briceag
  • 2005: Ales Bialatski and the Belarusian organization Viasna
  • 2006: Svetlana Gannushkina
  • 2007: Su Su Nway , Phyu Phyu Thin , and Nilar Thein
  • 2008: Liu Xiaobo
  • 2009: Majid Tavakoli and Abdollah Momeni
  • 2010: Azimjan Askarov
  • 2011: Doctors Coordinate of Damascus

See also

People In Need (Czech Republic)

External links

  • One World Film Festival Official Website
  • At Prague Festival, Movies With a Conscience in: The New York Times
  • Movies and Prizes 2011


  1. ^ Jump up to:b “Visit 13th annual One World Festival” . Archived from the original on 24 August 2011 . Retrieved 19 May 2011 .
  2. Jump up^ “Homo Homini Homo Award goes to Chinese dissidents and signatories of Charter 08” . 11 March 2009 . Retrieved 4 February 2014 .
  3. Jump up^ “Člověk v tísni udělí podzemní síti lékařů v Sýrii cenu Homo Homini” . Česká televize (in Czech). 21 February 2012 . Retrieved 9 November 2014 .
  4. Jump up^ “PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS OF THE HOMO HOMINI AWARD” . People in Need. Archived from the original on 1 May 2011 . Retrieved 18 April 2011 .

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