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One World film festival comes to Brussels for the fifth time

Date: 17 May 2011 - 26 May 2011, Venue: Brussels

The fifth annual human rights documentary film festival, which is co-organised by the Czech Permanent Representation, will be held under the auspices of Jerzy Buzek, Václav Havel and Milena Vicenová from 17 to 26 May 2011.

Great documentary films from the main One World programme in the Czech Republic will be screened over eight days in a number of Brussels venues for the general public, policy makers and invited guests. The programme will include award-winning documentaries dealing with some of the most pressing political and human rights issues from around the globe.  The films deal with a range of human rights concerns in China, Russia, Burma and Iran, as well as complex issues connected to globalization, immigration and women's rights. Each screening will be followed by either Q&As with directors or panel discussions led by experts on the issues in each film.

Ten of the twenty films will be judged by a prestigious jury made up of Veronica Scognamiglio from Amnesty International, Pierre De Hanscutter from Service Volontaire International, Eric Juzen from Protection International, Catherine Woollard from European Peacebuilding Liaison Office and Amal Iman from Human Rights Without Frontiers. The winner of the Best Film Award will receive ongoing support from the Human Rights and Democracy Network in Brussels, who will dedicate extra resources to raise awareness of the issues raised by this film.

One World in Brussels provides an important opportunity for documentary films to be seen by a number of policy makers and power brokers that are in a position to help bring about change.  It is also a chance for film lovers, students and engaged citizens to be inspired by the powerful stories of individuals and societies fighting for a more just world.

The fifth annual One World in Brussels is held by the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in cooperation with the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU, the Czech Centre, the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, the Human Rights and Democracy Network, The permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the EU, the Goethe Institute and the European Parliament, and in partnership with Movies that Matter, Watch Docs and Festival des Libertés.

One World in Brussels is held under the auspices of Jerzy Buzek, the President of the European Parliament, Václav Havel, the former President of the Czech Republic, and Ambassador Milena Vicenová, the Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the European Union.