In the second half of April 2023 the world's largest human rights documentary film festival—One World, which annually attracts tens of thousands of people in the Czech Republic alone—once again filled cinemas and movie halls all over Brussels, including BOZAR, the Cinema Galeries, the European Parliament building and the Prague House Brussels.
On Wednesday April 26, the Prague House Brussels hosted the screening of the movie The Killing of a Journalist, a chilling inquiry into the brutal murders of Slovak investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová. With investigative rigour, Matt Sarnecki makes his feature directorial debut by drawing upon his background reporting in corruption and organized crime.
The screening was followed by a discussion with Julie Majerczak, Head of the Reporters Without Borders office in Brussels and Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová, a Slovak MEP and former journalist. The event was moderated by Oliver Money-Kyrle, International Press Institute Director.
On Thursday 27th April, the Prague House Brussels hosted the closing ceremony of the Festival. The winning film of the 16th edition, Illusion of Abundance by Matthieu Lietaert a Erika González Ramírez, was announced by the esteemed jury of representatives of NGOs based in Brussels. It follows the stories of three female activists: Bertha Zúñiga Cáceres from Honduras, Carolina de Moura from Brazil, and Maxima Acuña from Peru, as they defend their communities, their land, and the environment from the abuse brought about by transnational corporations and governments.
The expert jury chose from 12 documentaries and decided to award one special mention to the documentary Blix not Bombs, a film by director Greta Stocklassa, in addition to the winning film.
One World in Brussels is organized by People in Need in cooperation with the Czech Centre Brussels, the European Parliament and the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU.
Screenings of all the films were accessible to the public for free in venues across Brussels. The next edition will take place again in the spring of 2024.