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Nov 7, 2013 - Nov 8, 2013

One World Echoes 2013

One World Echoes offer a selection of documentary films screened at One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic. One World Echoes comprise of high quality documentary films from countries where People in Need, the organizer of the festival, runs its human rights, relief and development projects.

One World - International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

Fortress, 72 min, Czech Republic
followed by a Q&A with the co-director Lukas Kokes
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 6:30PM: Motherland or Death, dir. Vitaly Mansky, 99 min, Cuba
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 8:30PM: My Afghanistan - Life in the Forbidden Zone, dir. Nagieb Khaja, 88 min, Denmark


My Afghanistan - Life in the Forbidden Zone
Nagieb Khaja, a Danish filmmaker with Afghan roots, decided to capture the “real” Afghanistan. At first glance it was a simple idea. Afghans – including farmers, construction workers, nurses and local elders – would shoot their view of their country on cellphone cameras. The raw, rough footage offers a surprisingly poetic and novel view of the forlorn country and its inhabitants. At the same time, it captures daily life and reveals the concerns and binds of tradition encountered by locals. Men are forbidden from filming their mothers or sisters, while women can only shoot their courtyards because they are not allowed out. Approaching gunfire sends cameramen scurrying for cover and fear intensifies when news spreads locally that a suicide attack is imminent.


Twenty years after the collapse of the USSR, there is still a state in Europe where a bronze statue of Lenin looks down on the streets from his column, where the good old Soviet times are nostalgically remembered and where it is strictly forbidden to take photographs at railway stations. Welcome to the dark, open-air museum of communism; welcome to the unrecognised Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic. Using the stories of several characters, this poetic documentary by young Czech filmmakers Klára Tasovská and Lukáš Kokeš describes daily life in the picturesque backdrop of the Transdniestrian (non-)state. Standing at the head of this unrecognised republic is Igor Smirnov, a tragicomic figure who looks like something straight out of the 1980s. He has built a Moscow satellite out of the territory on the right bank of the Dniester River. Weapons, drugs and human organs flow through it into Europe. At the same time, everything is controlled by the secret police and managed by mafia structures of power. Will a new presidential election offer a chance for change? This film has been successfully presented at foreign festivals such as Denmark’s CPH:DOX.


Motherland or Death
What does a person imagine when they hear about Cuba? Especially those who have never been to this sea-locked state in the Caribbean basin. They probably think of cabriolets driven by glowing fair-haired men in colorful shirts, drinking cocktails and dancing with mulatto ladies, the endless ocean reflected in their eyes. In reality there only exists the endless ocean that cuts the island from the rest of the world. It is hard to find any other country where the discrepancy between its image and reality is as huge as on Cuba.
For more than 50 years the state has been following the battle-cry of the winning revolution – “Patria o Muerte”. For more than 50 years the battle-cry has been a daily dilemma for several Cuban generations.
 This movie is about people who were born before the revolution and now are coming closer to the end of their lives when it becomes clear that for them “Motherland” equals “Death”.

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From: Nov 7, 2013
To: Nov 8, 2013


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