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Ask the sexpert

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In the land that gave the world the Kamasutra, sex is still taboo. Dr Watsa, a 93-year-old "sexpert" and pioneer of sex education who is both beloved and reviled, has been trying to restore Indians' healthy relationship with sex since 1976. Sexual education is not taught in school in a third of all Indian states. No wonder, therefore, that Dr Watsa's "Ask the Sexpert" column in the Mumbai Mirror is one of the most widely read ever. The 93-year-old sexologist responds patiently and objectively to curious, desperate and sometimes bizarre questions about sex not only in writing, but even in person to anyone who comes to his house. "What I do is literally like a drop in the ocean," Watsa says about his work. The film reveals attempts to raise sexual self-awareness in contemporary India and through these stories provides an intimate portrait of a man who has devoted his life to leading this cause. Show more

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Whose Streets?

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The racial and social tensions bubbling beneath the surface for years will one day inevitably erupt. That's exactly what happened in Missouri, after a policeman shot an unarmed teenager. The killing of African-American adolescent Michael Brown in the summer of 2014 in Ferguson on the outskirts of St. Louis unleashed protests. Police brutality lit a fuse under years of suppressed tensions and has revealed the often inadequate use of force, specifically aimed at the African-American community. The authorities and security forces were overwhelmed by a massive wave of civil unrest. Subsequent police manoeuvres and the deployment of the National Guard, as well as the exoneration of the policeman responsible, added fuel to the fire. This documentary maps the activists' efforts, their anger and the struggle not only for civil rights, but also for the opportunity to live a free and dignified life like their white fellow citizens. Show more

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690 Vopnafjörður

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There are 645 permanent residents in the Icelandic village of Vopnafjörđur. With modern amenities, but geographically far away from the rest of the world, the locals are wondering if their village still has a future. The snow-capped mountains rise directly from the shoreline and, at some point high above, meld into a long, desolate plain. A fishing boat draws near, approaching from where the sea touches the sky. The captain, a seasoned sailor, is thinking about his native village where he is returning with his catch. Just like the local policewoman, a young local footballer, and the head of the choir, he is worried about the future of this unique, half-forgotten place that survives only from seasonal work. What keeps them here and what lures them to leave? In their stories, we see both hope for the future and resignation to the fact that their days in this isolated area may be numbered. Show more

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Vítězný film Česká soutěž / Jeden svět / 2018

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Projekce Vítězného filmu Jednoho světa, podrobnosti sledujte na stránkách festivalu Show more

Empire Builders

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Czech anti-migrant and anti-Islam activists have decided to build an empire. But do they really believe what they preach? How does their surrounding environment view this activity? At the general level, this film – three years in the making and named after an absurdist play by Boris Vian – looks at the rise and fall of the popularity of right-wing populist parties. Specifically, it tracks the unsuccessful political career paths of Petr Hampl and Martin Konvička. Amateur reporter Tomáš Měšťan also finds himself at the forefront. Initially, he joined these “builders” as their cameraman, but later he actively participated in inventing conspiracy theories. The film also includes details of behind the scenes activities carried out by Block Against Islam, starting with the preparations for their election campaign, putting up posters and voter agitation, and ending with their creation and dissemination of specific-purpose disinformation. Show more

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Blue

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This visually impressive documentary shows the impacts of human activity on ocean ecosystems, as well as the possibilities to protect the sea from ourselves. The ocean is where life on Earth began and its ecosystem has a major impact on the climatic conditions of the entire planet. At first glance it still looks like an unlimited reservoir of life. "This surplus is just an illusion," says one of the protagonists, oceanologist and diver Lucas Handley. Over half of the animals have disappeared from the ocean during the last 40 years. The film features women and men from various disciplines who demonstrate in many places on the planet how the disruption of one link in this open structure has a chain reaction effect on the others. However, the film is not just a message about the alarming state of our environment; it also depicts the inspirational stories of several people who have decided to become active protectors. Show more

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Risk

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WikiLeaks allows the anonymous disclosure of classified documents and has already caused several scandals. This documentary filmed over six years takes viewers into the private life of its founder, the activist Julian Assange, and presents his contradictory character. Director Laura Poitras, who won an Oscar for Citizenfour, a documentary about whistle-blower Edward Snowden, began filming the story of a man who at first glance has a lot in common with Snowden. Julian Assange can also be seen as a modern hero of the information age. Gradually, however, the story began to evolve in a different direction than the director had anticipated. In asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, a portrait began to crystallise of a man who besides being a penetrating and principled thinker is also an egocentric manipulator unable to accept criticism. After the release of an early cut of the film in Cannes, the director returned to the editing room and a year later presented the final cut, which is even more critical of Assange. Show more

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