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One World in Brussels 2010 attracts over 2500 people

Date: 20 April 2010, Venue: Brussels

The award for the best film of the fourth edition of the human rights documentary film festival was given to Kimjongilia, a powerful documentary on the suffering of North Koreans.

The festival, which ran from 12 to 19 April 2010, screened 18 of the best documentaries from the main festival of One World in Prague to over 2500 people in Brussels. It was a year of firsts for One World Brussels – a full week of screenings at the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts; three screenings in the Yehudi Menuhin Space at the European Parliament; and assembling a jury from the Human Rights and Democracy Network to judge all the films being shown. 

The festival achieved a new level of success in many ways. “We were extremely pleased to see that the festival is establishing itself in more venues and showing more films in Brussels, especially since one of the main features of the foreign policy of the Czech Republic is to draw attention to human rights issues,” said Milena Vicenová, head of the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU, which co-organised the event.

The award for Best Human Rights Documentary Film was given to N.C. Heikin’s powerful new documentary Kimjongilia. The jury also gave special mentions to Masha Novikova’s film Anna, Seven Years on the Frontline, as well as to the film Women in Shroud by Farid Haerinejad and Mohammad Reza Kazemi.

This year’s One World Brussels was the result of a partnership between the Prague-based One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival and Warsaw-based Watch Docs Film Festival, as well as a collaborative effort with the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU; the Czech NGO People in Need; the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts; the Human Rights and Democracy Network; the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the European Union; and the Festival des Libertés.