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One World Romania 11. Get Real!

     The 11th edition of the International Human Rights and Documentary Festival will be held in Bucharest, from March 16 until March 25, 2018. Throughout the 10 days, the human rights will be the headliners in cinemas and not only: at CinemaPro, Eforie Cinema, Union Cinema, Elvire Popescu Cinema, Peasant Museum Cinema, ARCUB, Rezidența BRD Scena 9 and the National Contemporary Art Museum. The central hub of the One World Romania 11 festival will be set up at the ARCUB Gabroveni venue.
     After 10 successful editions, the festival team gained a few new members, who brought along a fresh approach, both in selecting the films and in the communication strategy and in the visual identity of the festival. For the 11th edition, the festival is significantly extended, compared to the previous years – it spans over 10 days, instead of 7 and it includes more than 70 films in its selection.
    “GET REAL!” is the One World Romania message in the year of the centenary. The documents and the events prepared by One World Romania suggest a trip outside our comfort zone, beyond the boundaries of the mystification of the past.
     Like every year, the films of the 11th edition are divided into more thematic sections which will include screenings followed by Q&As and different side events. The focal points of the edition are dedicated to areas and subjects that have recently raised long debates within our society, such as adapting education to the 21st century standards, the political assault over justice, the revival of racism, of white supremacy and of illiberalism all over the world, the reformulation of the policies regarding the LGBTQ community or the treatment given to the refugees by the European countries.
     The first section, “Past Continuous” will bring 10 recent documentaries in front of the audience, revealing the complex ways in which the past is still shaping up the present, all over the world.
     The Other Side of Everything is directed by Mila Turajlic, who has recently won the Grand Prize of the IDFA, the most important film festival exclusively dedicated to the documentary. The film shows the story of a bourgeois family that finds itself at the history crossroad in the center of Belgrade.
     Karl Marx City, one of the most acclaimed documentaries by the international film critics, is the chronicle of the fears and searches of the co-director Petra Epperlein, in connection to her father`s collaboration with Stasi, the surveillance apparatus of Eastern Germany.
     Absent without Leave is a story which is both personal and political; its director, Lau Kek-Huat, is Taiwanese, but of a Malaysian origin and he sets on a journey in search of his grandfather, who had been present in his life only as a mysterious family portrait. After having been selected for the Busan IFF, the most important film festival in Asia and after having received the Audience Award in Singapore, the Taiwanese production was banned in Malaysia. The reason was that the director`s grandfather had been a member of the Communist Party; that is still a censored topic in Malaysia, because of reasons that are slowly revealed in the film.
     Other main sections, special events and surprises in the One World Romania 2018 schedule will soon be revealed on the website and on the official Facebook page.

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