One World Romania festival opens with “Patriotism lesson” documentary film

The Polish short “Patriotism lesson” has officially opened on Monday, at Cinema Pro of Bucharest the 10th edition of the One World Romania International Documentary and Human Rights Festival.

From 13 to 19 March will be screened at the “Elvira Popescu”, Eforie, Union and “Horia Bernea” Studio with the Romanian Peasant Museum, over 60 films, of which three in world premiere and two in their European first, divided into 11 sections: “Animale politice” / “Political animals”, “Impotriva curentului” / “Against the stream”, “Ministerul Groazei” / “Ministry of Terror”, “Dreptate fara frica” / “Justice without Fear”, “Jocurile fricii” / “Games of Fear”, “Bolile sanatatii” / “Health’s diseases”, “Focus: Caucaz” / “Focus: Caucasus”, “Romania in miscare” / “Romania Astir”, “Delicatessen”, “Romania: Work-in-Progress” and “Sahia Vintage: Ministerul identitatii” / “Sahia Vintage: Ministry of Identity.”

“We talk about fear, in general, at the OWV 10th edition and about its various manifestations in te society. We live in a global world and yet we tend to go back to the past, to crayon new borders, to lock ourselves between walls. Corrupt politicians worldwide profit from our weaknesses and fears and grab the power by exploiting them. The weakest of us all are harassed day in, day out by the stronger. A few determined walk against the stream, sacrificing all they have. The One World Romania movies explore the origins of our fears and how we could move through,” says the festival’s website.

The One World Romania image paints the general theme of the festival by using the Russian dolls – the Matrioshkas. Each of the ten dolls represents a festival’s edition, and a representation of fear, too. The dolls engulf each other to the last one – The-Big-and-Good-Matrioshka which contains and appeases all the others. The dolls used to illustrate the festival in 2017 are drawn by the Pisica Patrata /Square Cat (Alexandru Ciubotariu) and animated by Tudor OM. Graphic is carried out by Crina Ioana Athanasiu and Adriana Jipa, say the organizers.

The festival’s prize awarding is scheduled on 18 March, at Eforie Cinema, with 20:00hrs, by a jury of high schoolers, as usual.

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