International Human Rights
Documentary Film Festival
Bozar Centre for Fine Arts
Rue Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels
European Parliament – Yehudi Menuhin Space
Rue Wiertz, B-1047 Brussels
(Entrance from the side of Place Luxembourg)
Goethe Institute
Rue Belliard 58, B-1040 Brussels
Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU
Rue Caroly 15, 1050 Brussels
All the screenings (except the opening film in Bozar) are
free of charge. However, tickets must be registered for
in advance at There are
additional requirements for attending the screenings at the
European Parliament (EP) for those that do not already have
accreditation to enter the EP.
Tickets for the opening screening at the Bozar Centre for Fine
Arts can be purchased at the Bozar Box office or online at The opening film is provided with English as
well as French subtitles.
For more information visit
The One World International Human Rights Documentary Film
Festival, organized by People in Need, in collaboration with the
Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU, the
Czech Centre in Brussels, the Human Rights and Democracy
Network, the Goethe Institute, the European Parliament and the
Bozar Centre for Fine Arts invites you to:
7th International Human Rights Film Festival
21 – 29 May 2013
Held under the auspices of Martin Povejšil, Permanent
Representative of the Czech Republic to the EU, and under
the patronage of Barbara Lochbihler, Chair of the European
Parliament’s Human Rights Subcomittee.
In partnership with Movies that Matter (The Hague), Festival
des Libertés (Brussels), UNRIC Brussels and ECRE Brussels.
One World Brussels will offer a chance to see some of the best
documentary films from this year’s 15th edition of One World
Prague. The 13 films in the programme focus on current issues
related to human rights in various countries around the globe.
The One World Brussels Jury is responsible with the selecting
the winning films from the 7 documentaries that are in
Catherine Absolom, The International Federation for Human
Rights (FIDH)
Seynabou Benga, World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)
Jacqueline Hale, Open Society Institute
Alfiaz Vaiya, Human Rights Without Frontiers
Catherine Vuylsteke, journalist
Elena Zacharenko, International Rehabilitation Council for
Torture Victims (IRCT)
About People in Need
People in Need is a Czech non-profit, non-governmental
organization that provides relief aid and development
assistance, while working to defend human rights and
democratic freedom. At home, People in Need administers
social integration programs in the Czech Republic and
Slovakia and provides informative and educational activities.
PIN is one of the largest organizations of its kind in postcommunist Europe, and has administered projects in more
then 40 countries over the past 20 years.
What is PIN today began in 1992 when dissidents and
leaders of the Czechoslovak Velvet Revolution teamed up
with conflict journalists to form the Epicentrum Foundation,
renamed People in Need and partnered with Czech Public
Service Television in 1994. From its beginnings, PIN has
aimed to provide relief aid, development assistance and
human rights support in some of the most challenging
environments in the world, while raising the public’s level of
awareness of the countries in which PIN works. Over twenty
years, PIN has developed many public awareness campaigns
aimed at providing independent and unbiased information for
journalists, opinion makers and the general public. Through
campaigns, information projects and media supplements PIN
believes it is possible to support an informed and empowered
civil society both at home and abroad.
About the Centre for Democracy
and Human Rights
Since the 1990s, PIN’s Centre for Democracy and Human
Rights has focused on working in repressive and transitional
countries – supporting political prisoners, dissidents, and
working with civil society while advocating for their cause in
both the Czech Republic and the EU. The Centre is currently
cooperating with partners in Burma, Cuba, Belarus, Egypt,
Libya, Moldova (Transnistria), Russia, and Ukraine.
Syria – Prisoners of the Conflict
The exhibition introduces a collection of twenty pictures by
Czech photographer Iva Zímová, who travelled to Syria at the
turn of the year. The country has been ravaged by the conflict
between the regime of president Bashar al-Asad and opposition
forces for almost two years. The photographs capture the dayto-day reality of common people in the biggest Syrian city of
Aleppo striving to lead normal lives while directly faced with
the horrors of war. Crushed by constant fighting, cold and a
shortage of food, they are struggling to maintain their dignity,
first and foremost. Powerfully yet sensitively, she illustrates
the everyday hardships of Syrians – the desperate search for
bread and firewood, or problems linked to heaps of refuse that
no one is able to collect. She also pays attention to children,
whose world has been invaded by the war, and to internally
displaced persons, who have been trying to escape death while
succumbing to the creeping dread of war. Directly in the country,
the conflict victims are being aided by People in Need.
27 – 29 May 2013, European Parliament – Yehudi Menuhin Space
IN COMPetition
Amazing Azerbaijan
Liz Mermin / UK / 2012 / 60 min
Azerbaijan is like a dynamic eagle that naturally links the
cultures of the West and East – that is how the state and local
representatives attempt to portray the country internationally.
Skyscrapers are growing in a country rich in oil, Azerbaijan
has joined the UN Security Council and President Ilham Aliyev
presses the flesh with some of the world’s most important
statesmen. When an Azerbaijani duet wins the apolitical
Eurovision song contest, the president declares the victory a
national success. Amazing Azerbaijan! is the story of a country
with two faces. International observers say that behind the
shiny façade hides a repressive and corrupt regime that severely
suppresses free speech. The state shows opponents no mercy.
It arrests inconvenient journalists on the basis of trumped-up
charges or has them killed and uses violence to suppress any
signs of disagreement.
21 May / 8 pm / Bozar Centre for Fine Arts
Welcome by Martin Povejšil, Permanent Representative of the
Czech Republic to the EU, and Šimon Pánek, director of People
in Need.
Discussion after the film: Liz Mermin, the director of the film,
a prominent Azerbaijani human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev,
and Khadija Ismaylova, a journalist from RFE/RL. Moderated
by Šimon Pánek.
Organized in cooperation with Human Rights House.
Battle for Syria
Jamie Doran / UK / 2012 / 32 min
The battle for the ancient city of Aleppo has been raging
since July 2012. The largest Syrian town has been a decisive
battleground for more than half a year. The conflict between
poorly armed insurgents and the regular Syrian army gradually
drives people out of one neighbourhood after another, turning
the city’s parks into cemeteries. At the end of the summer, a
team of journalists managed to follow two groups of rebels
all the way to the frontline in the Salaheddin district. Abu
Muhammad has deserted and now leads a young group
of civilians. Abu Bakri is a young man who abandoned his
economics studies after being arrested and tortured by the
police. With the authenticity of reportage, this film depicts
the battle for each street at close quarters. The insurgents are
poorly disciplined civilians who have to contend with a lack
of ammunition, fighting against tanks and aircraft with only
light weapons and improvised bombs. The army also attacks
civilian buildings and civilians. Many don’t have an opportunity
to escape. Falling victim to snipers and bombs, they accuse
the rebels of bringing the war to their doorstep. Not even the
insurgents’ courage masks the fact that it is almost impossible
to defeat the army, which is much better equipped. And even if
they do succeed, Abu Muhammad is afraid a second civil war
against Islamists will follow.
28 May / 630 pm / European Parliament – Yehudi Menuhin Space
Welcome by MEP Libor Rouček.
Discussion after the film: Marek Štys, head of emergency
programs and external relations, People in Need, and other
Berg Fidel
Hella Wenders / Germany / 2011 / 87 min
A decision is taken that no great debate is needed; if all are
agreed, Daniela will receive a reprimand and the matter will
be closed. This is the scene at a fascinating weekly meeting
of eight-year-olds who discuss situations in their class and
reach agreement among themselves on solving the problems.
The meeting takes place at the school in Berg Fidel, a district
of the German city of Münster, where children are taught
together for four years without regard to difference in age,
nationality or handicap. The extremely gifted David, who wants
to become an astronaut, learns alongside his brother Jakob,
who has Down’s syndrome. Lukas, planning a career in motor
racing, has problems with his hearing and movement, while
future supermodel Anita has a learning difficulty. This portrait
of several children, who acquire knowledge and social skills
at the school, shows what modern education means and what
happens when disadvantaged children also are given a chance.
23 May / 630 pm / Goethe Institute
The director Hella Wenders will be present for a Q&A.
Beyond Wriezen
Daniel Abma / Germany / 2012 / 88 min
Jano, 17, used to be a street drug dealer, Imo, 22, is violent and
Marcel, 25, killed a 16-year-old youth three years ago along
with two other neo-Nazis. Young German director Daniel Abma
follows the trio for three years in the wake of their release from
Wriezen prison. All three have vowed never to return to jail as
convicts; to find work, accommodations and girlfriends; and
to start anew. While returning to society is far from easy, the
young men are all given a chance to make a fresh beginning by
someone close to them. One lives with his beloved girlfriend
and later a child while another gets help with a home, work
and his fits of anger from a close friend. Will they grasp the
opportunity? While the three stories have a lot in common,
they develop along different lines, illustrating the difficulty of
re-socialising young delinquents and the important role those
close to them can play.
24 May / 630 pm / Goethe Institute
The director Daniel Abma will be present for a Q&A.
IN COMPetition
Lukáš Kokeš, Klára Tasovská / Czech Republic / 2012 / 72 min
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 Transnistrian (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 left 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 festivals such as Denmark’s CPH:DOX.
24 May / 7 pm / Czech Permanent Representation to the EU
Discussion after the film: Stepan Popovsky, a human rights
lawyer, and Ludmila Popovici, founder of the Rehabilitation
Center of Torture Victims “Memoria”.
Organized in cooperation with the International Rehabilitation
Council for Torture Victims (IRCT).
Give Us the Money
Bosse Lindquist / Sweden / 2012 / 58 min
Ethiopia suffered extreme famine in the mid-1980s. Images
of starving people at death’s door were broadcast around the
world, prompting famous musicians Bob Geldof and Bono Vox to
organise a huge charity concert called Live Aid. Director Bosse
Lindquist sets out on the trail of the engaged celebrities who
decided to do something in the fight against poverty. Their fame
helped a hitherto marginal issue acquire a global dimension.
The film maps their activities in the field of humanitarian and
development aid and reveals the background to the successful
worldwide campaigns Drop the Debt and Make Poverty History.
However, the documentary does not avoid the other side of this
success, which is partly based on creating stereotypical images
of the developing world as one full of children with sunken
faces and bloated bellies where there is no avoiding dealing
with authoritarian regimes. The film looks for an answer to
the eternal question: What is the correct way to help? The
film is part of the international project Why Poverty?, aimed
at fostering debate about various forms of poverty around the
22 May / 7 pm / Czech Permanent Representation to the EU
Discussion after the film: Šimon Pánek, director of People in
Need, and other guests.
IN COMPetition
Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls
Juliet Lamont / Australia / 2012 / 75 min
Wai Hnin doesn’t have an ear for music. Htike can’t dance.
Everybody thinks Kimmy is ugly. Cha Cha can’t escape the
clutches of her despotic father. Ah Moon is a control freak
perhaps not the ideal line-up for a girl pop group. But when the
Tiger Girls hit the stage, the audience goes wild. This story of
Burmese girls who want to fulfil their musical dreams thanks to
– and despite – the ambitions of their managers plays out against
the backdrop of changes the entire country has experienced in
the last two years. The authoritarian regime freed dissident
Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest and has planned general
elections to symbolise a certain relaxation of repression. While
Suu Kyi experiences a political rebirth, the Tiger Girls capitalise
on the new freedom and begin preparing their debut CD. And
when the opposition politician and her party garner the most
seats in by-elections, the band composes the song “Come Back
Home”, calling on people in exile to return.
27 May / 7 pm / Czech Permanent Representation to the EU
A discussion after the film will be organized by People in Need.
IN COMPetition
Motherland or Death
Vitaly Mansky / Russia / 2011 / 99 min
“Motherland or Death (Patria o muerte).” This revolutionary
slogan is contained in the title of this visually remarkable
film. Using Cuban cities as the backdrop to personal stories,
the renowned documentary maker Vitaly Mansky depicts the
complexity of contemporary Cuba. As the regime begins to
slightly relax its iron grip, the island begins to slowly open up to
the world. Despite the economic hardship, a life full of passion,
temperament and energy still pulsates in Cuban cities. Food is
rationed and decent living conditions is an illusion for many.
The dreams of today’s senior citizens, who believed in Fidel and
his communist experiment 50 years ago, have not been fully
realized. Children of these revolutionaries still follow the ideals
of the revolution but do not seem all that convinced. Instead
young people prefer to enjoy small pleasures the regime
allows for. While many Cubans look for life outside of Cuba, for
tourists the island is for many reasons very special destination.
Motherland or Death is the story of real life played out against
the picturesque background of today’s Cuba.
27 May / 630 pm / European Parliament – Yehudi Menuhin Space
Welcome by MEP Barbara Lochbihler, Chair of the EP’s Human
Rights Subcomittee.
Discussion after the film: Antonio Rodiles, Cuban political
activist, and other guests.
IN COMPetition
My Afghanistan –
Life in the Forbidden Zone
Nagieb Khaja / Denmark / 2012 / 88 min
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.
28 May / 1230 pm / European Parliament – Yehudi Menuhin Space
Discussion after the film: Nagieb Khaja, the director of the film,
and other guests.
Organized in cooperation with Human Rights Without Frontiers
and Danish Cultural Institute for Benelux.
IN COMPetition
Peace vs. Justice
Klaartje Quirijns / Netherlands / 2011 / 65 min
Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have been
on a rampage for nearly three decades which has left tens of
thousands dead as well as two million homeless in Uganda
and neighbouring states. Despite persistent efforts by the
official Ugandan Army and a global campaign, Kony is still
evading capture. In 2005, he was indicted for war crimes by
the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. While the
international community wants to catch this ruthless leader
and put him on trial, local people primarily want peace and the
return of their kidnapped children. This critical documentary
contrasts the efforts of international organisations with how
Ugandans themselves are coming to terms with this bloody
era. The journey between the tribunal’s headquarters and
north Uganda uncovers many misunderstandings on both sides,
including how justice should be perceived. This could also be
one of the reasons why Kony, surrounded by his child soldiers,
remains at large.
23 May / 7 pm / Czech Permanent Representation to the EU
Discussion after the film will be organized in cooperation with
Movies that Matter (The Hague).
Speed – In Search of Lost Time
Florian Opitz / Germany / 2012 / 97 min
Do you not have enough time for your family, friends and
hobbies? Are you not living the way you would like? The
feeling of constantly playing “catch-up” and being under
time constraints led young German director Florian Opitz to
seek the causes of this problem in modern society as well as
possible solutions. One thing is certain – people are trapped by
the speed of the modern world. Despite the fact they’re using
technology meant to save time, they still don’t have enough.
Opitz takes his camera around the world. He attends an expert
seminar. With a psychologist, he analyses burn-out syndrome.
He meets with a journalist who voluntarily gave up his mobile
phone and the internet. He talks with a sociologist and takes
his quest to various sectors of business and the media world.
He finds a counterpoint to this unfortunate trend among
people who decided to slow down their lives and live in greater
harmony with nature. One of the places Opitz visited was
Bhutan, which measures the quality of life in accordance with
Buddhist doctrine, using a “gross national happiness” index. An
extra dimension is added to Opitz’s travels – shot in the form
of a playful, personal diary – thanks to original animation and
other creative methods.
22 May / 630 pm / Goethe Institute
Discussion after the film: Mark Elchardus, Professor of
Sociology at Vrije University, Brussels, and Dirk Geldof, Doctor
of Political and Social Sciences (University of Antwerp) and
author of the book “Unspeeding” (2001).
Organized in cooperation with United Nations Regional Centre
in Brussels (UNRIC).
The Dublin Trap
Bryan Carter / Belgium / 2011 / 51 min
Over 100,000 migrants from Asia and Africa flow into Europe
every year across the Turkish-Greek border. Under the Dublin
Convention, the countries through which borders foreigners
enter EU territory are responsible for those refugees and their
asylum proceedings. The deepening economic crisis, rise
in migrant numbers and repatriation of those who reached
other EU states before ending up back in Greece, have created
a dangerous cocktail. That kind of environment benefits
right-wing extremists, both in the political arena and on the
streets. Mohamed Samir Samimi knows all about this. He fled
Afghanistan because he faced death threats working for NATO
and made it through Greece to Belgium, where he applied for
political asylum. However, he was returned to Greece, where
he has been waiting years for asylum proceedings and where
extremist and other attacks on people with dark skin are
frequent. He therefore turned to the European Court of Human
Rights – and won. The Dublin Trap does not offer a simple
solution, it makes a case for a revision of the Dublin Convention
and greater solidarity of European countries.
28 May / 7 pm / Czech Permanent Representation to the EU
Discussion after the film: Bryan Carter, the director of the film,
and other guests.
Organized in cooperation with European Council on Refugees
and Exiles (ECRE).
IN COMPetition
Winter, Go Away!
A. Kurov, E. Khoreva, D. Klebleev, D. Kubasov, N. Leonteva, A. Moiseenko,
M. Mustafina, S. Rodkevich, A. Zhiryakov, A. Seregin / Russia / 2012 / 79 min
At the beginning of last year, when hundreds of thousands of
Russians rose up against the prepared repeat transfer of power
between puppet president Dmitry Medvedev and de facto
Kremlin ruler Vladimir Putin, footage of the demonstrations was
circulated around the world. These expressions of resistance in
a country where the president and his machinery of power rule
with an iron fist were surprising in their intensity and tenacity.
Despite holding different political views, the participants in these
events did not merely want to once again be spectators in a prearranged democracy game. This unique documentary, shot by
students under the direction of filmmaker Marina Razbezhkina,
describes events in Russia during the 2012 presidential elections.
The film bears witness to how the authoritarian president,
Putin, has divided Russian society and records the hopes of his
opponents calling for change as well as the dreams of many
Russians who yearn for real freedom and democracy. At the same
time, it provides a close-up view of manipulation and false voting
results as well as the lies and tricks of the state machinery. It
shows that, even in Russia in the 21st century, the ruling elite will
not stop at using whatever means it can to retain power.
29 May / 1230 pm / European Parliament – Yehudi Menuhin Space
Welcome by MEP Werner Schulz.
Discussion after the film: Ksenia Vakhrusheva (Environmental
Right Center Bellona) and other guests.
Organized in cooperation with Human Rights Without Frontiers
(HRWF) and Movies that Matter (The Hague). Refreshments will
be served.
Venues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Tickets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
One World Brussels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
One World Brussels 2013 Jury. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
About People in Need . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Exhibition: Syria – Prisoners of the Conflict . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Amazing Azerbaijan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Battle for Syria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Berg Fidel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Beyond Wriezen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Fortress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Give Us the Money . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Motherland or Death . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
My Afghanistan – Life in the Forbidden Zone . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Peace vs. Justice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Speed – In Search of Lost Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
The Dublin Trap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Winter, Go Away!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
May 28
May 29
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Motherland Battle for
or Death
Go Away!
Miss Nikki
The Dublin
and the
Tiger Girls
Winning film
May 27
630 pm
May 26
My Afgha­
May 25
1230 pm
Speed –
In Search of Berg Fidel
Lost Time
630 pm
May 24
May 23
Give Us the Peace vs.
8 pm
May 22
Czech Perm.
7 pm
May 21

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