May 17, 2007 12:00 AM - May 20, 2007 12:00 AM
ONE WORLD - International Human Rights Documentary Fim Festival 2007
Presentation of the film festival and screenings of 10 films. ONE WORLD - International Human Rights Documentary Fim Festival 2007, May 17 – May 20
Europe’s Largest Human Rights Film Festival
Comes to New York City
Czech Center New York and The Tank present
Best of One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
Real Movies, Real Stars
May 17-20 2007
The Tank, 279 Church Street, between Franklin and White
The four-day festival in New York will present the highlights of this year’s One World festival, which took place in Prague between February 28 and March 8 2007, featured 123 documentaries from a total of 34 countries and attracted over 40,000 viewers. Among the films selected for New York audiences are some of the most successful features of this year’s festival, including the intriguing German documentary Losers and Winners (Best Film Award), and the festival-goers’ favorite Bridge Over the Wadi (Audience Award). It will also showcase outstanding documentaries by contemporary Czech filmmakers, such as The Violin Knight, the charming portrait of a genius Roma musician.
Per film $7
Czech Center Club Members $5
Festival Pass $30
Thursday, May 17
Opening remarks by H.E. Janina Hřebíčková, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the United Nations
Bridge over the Wadi / Gesher Al-Havadi
Barak Heymann, Tomer Heymann / Israel / 2006 / 57 min.
Audience Award, One World 2007
After decades of violence, Jewish and Arab parents living side by side in the Wadi region of Israel come together to establish a bilingual school for their children. On the first day of class, the atmosphere is ecstatic; children, still free of prejudice, make friendships across ethnic boundaries, easing their parents’ fears. But directors Barak and Tomer Heymann do not just leave the stage with a few minutes of optimistic footage under their belt. Following the children, their teachers, and their parents through the daily routines of the school year, the directors expose the often intimate dilemmas of raising children in a divided society. For the teachers and parents, state and religious holidays become pedagogical nightmares as they try to find the best way of presenting traditions that mean very different things to each of the groups. While the Israeli children can pray during Muslim holidays together with their Palestinian schoolmates and just view it as another form of entertainment, celebrating Israel's independence can give rise to ethnic tensions. Nevertheless, the children challenge their parents with troublesome questions and force them to reflect on their own views.
HEYMANN BROTHERS FILMS COMPANY
37 Zvulun Street
tel: +972 522 742 445
fax: +972 351 814 92
Followed by “What Can Human Rights Film Festivals Do for Human Rights?,” a debate with Tereza Porybná, One World Program Director
Thursday, May 17
Sold / Prodáno
Lucie Králová / Czech Republic / 2005 / 26 min.
The director goes no further than the inside of her own apartment building in order to get to the bottom of a mystery. Visiting the apartments of her neighbors, she learns their life stories and becomes a confidant at a difficult and trying time. The tenants in this 16th-century building within the Prague Castle complex are all of a sudden faced with the owner’s decision to sell the building and convert their homes into a commercial space with the aim of maximizing profit. The group has to say farewell not only to years spent in their homes, but also to the history and magical atmosphere of this part of Prague. The documentary shares the personal stories of the tenants and shines a light on the darkest corners of the building. The film's lyricism is never interrupted by either the tenants' tales of woe or even by the footage of a German advertisement for hair implants featuring the owner.
Malá Plynární 3
Praha 7 - Holešovice
170 00 Czech Republic
Violin Knight / Houslový rytíř
Pavel Marek / Czech Republic / 2006 / 52 min.
Aspiring Czech filmmaker Pavel Marek sketches out a portrait of an outstanding Roma violinist Marek Balog who is striving to be successful in a white man's world. The young virtuoso happily agrees to be filmed by Marek, but instead of simply being an object of the film, he actively takes part in its directing. He tries not only to shoot a self-portrait but also to portray the life of a frequently despised minority, as seen through the eyes of one of its own members. The result is a highly original and playful documentary, a film about the making of a film as well as a contemplation on how to properly and innovatively shoot a documentary about another person without diluting the very essence of his being. At the same time, the Violin Knight presents an impressive musical landscape, mixing the wild rhythms of a gypsy band with lyrical violin solos. In addition, the film skillfully depicts the Roma's volatile relationship with the majority population.
U Zvonařky 14
120 00 Czech Republic
tel: +420 222 517 908
fax: +420 222 517 908
Friday, May 18
Three Comrades / Drie Kameraden
Masja Novikova / Netherlands / 2006 / 99 min.
Three friends - Ruslan, Ramzan and Islam - cruise the streets of the Chechen city of Grozny at the start of the 1990s with their car radio playing at full blast. A few months later, Ruslan is arrested and executed by Russian soldiers. Ramzan is the next one to die when he is killed during an air strike. The last of the three friends, Islam, only survives the war because he is deported to Holland. This is where director Mascha Novikova begins shooting her documentary on the tragic destinies of the three cheerful comrades. The film looks at the Russian-Chechen conflict from the point of view of the Muslim inhabitants. It is primarily based on interviews with survivors recalling the three men, who are the central figures in the story. Fragments of the past are supplemented with a rich film archive found in Ramzan’s estate. The film creates an invaluable mosaic of intimate confessions and candid thoughts from a humiliated citizenry, while also providing the neutral spectator with an unusually authentic insight into a place where unthinkable suffering took place and into the lives of ordinary people in the middle of a war zone.
Prins Hendrikkade 166
1011 TB Netherlands
tel: +31 206 244 472
fax: +31 206 244 472
Followed by a debate with Almut Rochowanski, coordinator of Chechnya Advocacy Network, and Aset Chad, pediatric nurse and former resident of Chechnya
Saturday, May 19
Tambogrande: Mangos, Murder, Mining / Tambogrande; Mangos, Muerte, Minería
Ernesto Cabellos, Stephanie Boyd / Peru / 2006 / 85 min.
For several years, the filmmakers followed the story of proud fruit growers in northern Peru as they defended their land and vibrant culture from foreign mining interests. The farmers arrived in Tambogrande decades ago as new settlers who had come to turn the arid plains into orchards and fields. But deposits of precious metals were soon discovered beneath their homes and fields, which attracted foreign mining companies. Despite reassurances about the safety of the mines, the soil and water became contaminated. The determined farmers chose mangoes over gold in an epic tale of a community that bravely confronts the power and wealth of the global mining industry.
Saturday, May 19
Low Level Flight / Nízký let
Jan Šikl / Czech Republic / 2006 / 52 min.
At the end of the 1950s, Táňa marries Václav, a fighter pilot in the Czechoslovak army. After a while, the married couple moves to the Soviet Union. Their relationship slowly descends into a crisis, which is caused not only by their estrangement, but also by alcoholism, infidelity, and coarse behavior. After they return to Czechoslovakia, the beginning of the normalization period awaits them. This has a negative effect on both their professional and private lives. Low Level Flight is one in a series of films titled “The Private Century” (Soukromé století) that use archive amateur films to tell stories of individuals caught up in a complicated historical context. It is also a unique comparison of different cultures and an intimate portrait of interpersonal relations with universal overtones.
120 00 Czech Republic
tel: +420 222 522 282
fax: +420 222 522 242
Industrial Elegy / Industriální elegie
Daniela Gébová / Czech Republic / 2006 / 70 min.
Industrial Elegy is a pulsating, multifaceted portrait of an isolated society in the north of Moravia, a region in the Czech Republic lost in the midst of factory buildings, smokestacks, and cranes. One hundred and fifty years ago, mining settlements started sprouting up around the Moravian city of Ostrava. The area began to be inhabited by people from various parts of Europe who came here looking for work. Director Daniela Gébová took a trip to these places, where everything looks the way it did when the communities were first established. Today, these settlements are like a live exhibit of industrial buildings, while their inhabitants still retain the original customs, values, and memories of bygone eras. Thanks to the tales they tell, this film paints a vivid picture of an industrial landscape with a rich palette of personal stories and histories. At the same time, it compares different times and regimes while presenting political changes and their impact on the inhabitants of a given region. This film is a colorful assortment of images consisting of bizarre recollections of a population where joy is mixed with sorrow, and optimism is fused with desperation.
702 00 Czech Republic
Followed by One World Festival Party with Czech beer BrouCzech
Sunday, May 20
Yaptik - Hasse / Japtik - Chese
Edgar Bartenev / Russia / 2006 / 29 min.
A group of nomadic Nenets lives in the Siberian tundra at "The End of the World," as the territory is known in the local dialect. They travel around the region with their herds of reindeer. These people have adapted their lifestyles completely to their surroundings without knowing the rules of the world that exists far away from them. For a clearer understanding of many curious details, an impressive collage of pictures is accompanied by subtitles, which comment on fragments of everyday images with humor and a detached point of view. This refreshing "commentary" introduces the old shaman Iri Tadib, who may be ninety according to our concept of time, but who is only thirty five according to his own timekeeping. Edgar Bartenev's film poetically contemplates the rhythm of a life governed by the pulse of nature. The visual material is accompanied by a highly original musical score. This film contains an intimate portrait of a forgotten people and their thought-provoking testimony, but it also offers a comprehensive statement on cultural diversity.
ST. PETERSBURG DOCUMENTARY FILM STUDIOS
Krukov kanal 12
190 068 Russia
tel: +7 812 714 0806
A Lesson of Belorussian / Lekcja białoruskiego
Mirosław Dembiński / Poland / 2006 / 51 min.
Václav Havel Special Award, One World 2007
In 1990, Belarus declared its sovereignty and a year later it announced its full independence from the collapsing Soviet Union. At the same time, an elite national lyceum was established in Minsk. In 1995, Alexander Lukashenko's rise to power meant the end of freedom and democracy in Belarus, as well as the beginning of tough times for the lyceum. In 2003, this oasis of freedom, which fostered the cultivation of the Belarussian language, was outlawed. Neither the students nor the teachers refused to throw in the towel, however, and they illegally continued to hold lessons and disseminate free-thinking ideas. Moreover, they began to rebel even more intensely. This documentary is an unusually dynamic depiction of the oppressive situation in contemporary Belarus, by looking at the youngest generation of students at the school. The film does not just provide an engrossing testimony of the situation in a totalitarian state, but also offers proof of how young people have the power to influence their living conditions and protest against demoralizing totalitarianism.
FILM STUDIO EVEREST
Plac Zwyciestwa 2D, nr 2
tel: +48 426 767 541
fax: +48 426 767 541
Sunday, May 20
Losers and Winners / Losers and Winners
Ulrike Franke, Michael Loeken / Germany / 2006 / 96 min.
Best film Award, One World 2007
Several German engineers try to supervise the handover of an ultramodern but economically uncompetitive coal plant in the German city of Dortmund to a Chinese company. But the assimilation of technologies and production processes proceeds in a manner that is completely different from what the Germans imagined. For the Chinese, revenues are of utmost importance, while the environment and workers' welfare come last on their list of priorities. The filmmaking duo Ulrike Franke and Michael Loeken filmed the handover of the factory from the first day to the last. Initially, the filmmakers listened mainly to frustrated German specialists, but later they also penetrated among the Chinese workers to find out about the conditions in which they work and what motivates them.
FILMPRODUKTION LOEKENFRANKE GBR
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For more information, please contact:
Czech Center New York
Ms. Kateřina Baglio
1109 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Phone: 212.288.0830 ext. 100
For more information about the films:
Ms. Tereza Porybná
One World Program Director
321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
From: May 17, 2007 12:00 AM
To: May 20, 2007 12:00 AM