One World Romania Festival's 12th Edition

The 12th edition of the One World Romania International Documentary and Human Rights Festival will take place between 15th and 24th 2019.

2019 marks 30 years passing from the Revolution which ended Nicolae Ceausescu's dictatorship in Romania, but also from the Fall of the Berlin Wall, or the first free elections in Czechoslovakia and Poland. Consequently, these 30 years of democracy in Romania and Eastern Europe represent the main theme of the 12th edition of the One World Romania festival. For 10 days, we will talk with you about how these 30 years have passed, what we have learned and what is yet to be learned for the reinforcement of a true democracy, with the help of events dedicated to the matter.

The visual identity of the festival this year is designed by Maria Draghici, starting from two photographs - one taken in Timisoara, in December 1989, by Constantin Duma for Agerpres, and the other in Bucharest, during the protests in February 2017,by Dan Mihai Balanescu. The collage of the two symbolizes an "us", trying to understand the nuances of our direct experience, lived singularly and plurarly, in 30 years of democracy.

Traditionally, the 80 documentaries selected for One World Romania, will be divided in several thematic sections, additional to the main subject. In 2019 we will screen films coming from all over the world on topics like: justice, refugees, migration, "non-traditional families, women rights, or the work conditions worldwide. Also, we are preparing retrospectives of world renowned filmmakers and a competition consisting of 10 exciting films.

Around 50 guests from around the world will join the 2019 edition of the festival, which will take place in five main locations: Cinema Elvire Popesco - The French Institute, ARCUB, Eforie Cinema, POINT and #Pavilion 32 - Goethe-Institut Bucharest. For the first time this year, we will have a main location, POINT, where all the morning informal filmmaker meetings will take place, as well as the debates on the main subject of the festival, workshops and screenings. After every day's screening schedule ends, we will move to Londohome, our event's nightly hub.

Until the start of the 12th edition of the festival, the One World Romania Association has more projects in store, dedicated to the development of the documentary culture. The first new project for the audience in Bucharest is the One World Romania Cineclub. Twice a month until the end of the year, we will meet in the space provided by our friend at the POINT with some of the most important documentaries in film history.

The first event will take place on Sunday, January 20th 2019, starting at 6 p.m. - when we will screen the film „Winter Adé”, by Helke Misselwitz. This will be the first in a series of 4 documentaries meant to warm us up for the 2019 edition of the festival. These are all related to the last years of communism in Europe and to the ways in which contemporary democracies were built in the first few years after the revolutions. The event is organized in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Bucharest and is co-financed by AFCN.

Stay tuned to the official One World Romania channels – on facebook and our blog, to stay connected to the latest news about the 12th edition of the festival and all the other projects of the association!

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