On Tolerance and Integration 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.


Alongside our sections dedicated to justice, lgbtq rights or education, the One World Romania Festival brings to the table other burning matters such as the refugee situation and the racist, fundamentalist and authoritarian movements from around the world. After all the screenings we will organise debates with either the filmmakers or experts in the topics or geopolitical areas presented in the films.

 

THE SLIPPERY SLOPE

If we take a good look around, it seems the whole world has gone on a slippery slope, driven by all sorts of old „isms” or other freshly patented versions. From Madagascar to Poland, from Russia to the USA, democracy and the adherence to the free and just society values are being contested with the most diverse arguments. Through the films of this section we portray a kaleidoscopical image of these movements, in today’s Romanian context where it seems like the politicians are more and more tempted to apply, as Caragiale once wrote, “the Russian-like tyranny”.


The Celebration  – directed by Alexandra Wesolowski

This story, reminding us of Vinterberg and of Visconti, is a lesson in documentary observation, applied on the internal movements of a Polish family, getting ready for an intensely choreographed anniversary. Underneath the skin of the prosperous people of “The Celebration” there are all sorts of questions and convictions which are talking about the more complex tensions of contemporary Poland, surfaced by the presence of the niece coming from Germany in otherwise benign-looking situations. Conversations about nail polish or home-cooked food slip almost unnoticeably into arguments on the Islam, abortions or the EU. “The Celebration” is a must-see for anyone who ever sat through a meal with their family and swore never to open another politics-related subject in that situation.

 

Golden Dawn Girls – directed by Håvard Bustnes

Up until now, they were happy with the conventional second plan roles: daughters, wives or mothers, placed discreetly in the shadow of the main characters: men. But when the men are ripped away from the Party’s body and sent to prison, the women discover their responsibilities and also their PR abilities. The dynamics of the relationship between the director and the characters, as well as Bustnes’ decision to leave the camera record in unimportant moments, with no dramatic purpose – these introduce a serendipity element in the film, making this journey into the core of the third Party in contemporary Greece unique.

 

LOOKING FOR A COUNTRY

After a lot of debates and angry political reactions, Romania took in 710 refugees (according to data from last summer), but no one speaks about the in the public space. What ever happened to the millions of people who fled from war and terror and arrived in Europe these past few years? The documentaries in this section are describing this situation from several perspectives, from the countries these people fled, as well as through the eyes of those who welcomed them to other countries or from the mostly deformed view of the media.

 

Another News Story – directed by Orban Wallace

Following a group of people leaving from Lesbos and crossing Europe in search of a shelter, director Orban Wallace adds an unexpected level of representation when he decides to point his camera towards the refugees, but also towards the journalists of various nationalities, who follow them along their journey. The result is a film who manages to obtain the exact opposite of what the title signals: it is not just another refugee story, but a biased perspective, extremely humane, on the humanitarian disaster with which Europe is dealing, reflected in the consciousness of those responsible for the refugees image in the media.

 

Off the Tracks – directed by Dieter Schumann

A kiosk, a small-town railway station bar in Germany. The station is Boizenburg, in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. But it might as well be anywhere else. Every day, a familiar parade of retirees, day-workers, unemployed and bored teenagers hang around here and talk about all sorts of things – including the newly-arrived refugees. There are actually two parallel universes clashing: according to some, the Syrians are rapists, cannibals or whatever Facebook or the right-wing tabloids are writing. The refugees, on the other side, are telling stories about bombings, lost families and despair. From time to time, the two worlds discover each other in their respective anxieties and give the viewer a little bit of hope for human solidarity.