Justice, Education and LGBTQ Community Rights at One World Romania 11
The 11th edition of the One World Romania International Human Rights and Documentary Film Festival takes place in Bucharest between March 16th and 25th. For 10 days, we will screen the most recent documentaries from all over the world in 8 locations downtown. The General Festival Pass and the 5-entry Pass are already available on our partner's website, Eventbook.
For this edition One World Romania picked intensely discussed subjects. Justice systems, updating education methods and rethinking the "family" concept by contemporary criteria - all of these are highly debated topics in the media and they fuel up emotions and debates in our country and all over the world. This is the reason why this 11th edition will take a close look over these problems, by dedicating special sections to each.
FACING THE LAW
You can talk about justice in many ways, which is proven by the film selection as well. The perfect justice system doesn't exist anywhere in the world, but from a lot of them we have a lot to learn. Through the selected documentaries we would like to diversify the public discourse regarding this subject, analyse what works and what doesn't in other parts of the world and discover ways of revitalising the Romanian justice system.
The Trial: The State of Russia vs. Oleg Sentsov (directed by Askold Kurov)
Convicted to 20 years of prison by a Russian court, for suppossed "acts of terrorism", director Oleg Sentsov has been shown a great deal of support from the European cinema community, but unfortunately with no visible results. Askold Kurov's film follows step by step the evolution of Sentsov's trial; the result is a passionate thriller in which the main character is crushed by a justice system commanded by politicians.
POLITICS OF SEX
In the past year, a lot of political actions lead by the wish of redefining family in the Romanian Constitution started to lead the path to reducing the rights of a whole category of citizens, only because they belong to the LGBTQ minority. In this context, we believe it's extremely important to debate this topic in the festival. All the films in this section present the fight for sexual minorities rights and they focus on the activist methods used, hoping to provoke a greater deal of implication for supporting their cause in Romania too.
Queerama (directed by Daisy Asquith)
Until ending up by legalising same-sex marriage in 2013, the British society went through decades of activist battles, winning step by step some legislative progress, but also improving the collective perception of the LGBTQ communities. "Queerama" captures these complex phenomena through the iconography associated by the British cinema to the LGBTQ persons in the last decades. It also presents prejudice which seems to belong to the past in the UK, but unfortunately, not in Romania yet.
EDUCATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY
As in Romania, in many other places as well, the educational system is old and not keeping up with the social evolution of the 21st century or with the specific needs of the new generations. This is the reason why, in March, we will analyse what works and what doesn't - for us and for others, by comparison - and we will try yo come up with ideas for reforming the educational system.
Childhood (directed by Margareth Olin)
"Childhood", an observational documentary, follows everyday activities of the children enrolled in a kindergarden where the teachers act like they are the kids' age, and the "subjects" they teach are closely related to their usual existence in the middle of nature.