NYU Washington, DC, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, presents Echoes of One World, a select showcase of films from the international human rights film festival, from November 13-14, 2017.
Featured films include "Arms Ready," investigating legal and illegal firearms; "Normal Autistic Film," addressing what is “normal” and challenging the misconception that autism is a disease; and "Lost in Lebanon," exploring the lives of four Syrians who cannot return home.
All screenings are free; however, reservations are required. Please click on the links below to make your reservations.
Location: NYU in Washington, DC
Abramson Family Auditorium
1307 L St NW, Washington, DC 20005
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November 13, 6 pm
ARMS READY | Do zbraně
Barbora Chalupová, 2016, Czech with English subtitles, 40 min.
Why do Czech citizens want to possess firearms and how easy are they to acquire? Four young women discuss the phenomenon of the legal and illegal possession of firearms in a wager in which each of them tries to obtain a deadly weapon without owning a license. Buying a gun from a secret website or printing one on a 3D printer proves relatively easy. In the first part of the film, the director makes creative use of a web interface on which reports and interviews with people connected with guns are placed. The documentary then takes viewers on an adventure in which the protagonists head to the dark corners of physical and electronic reality. ~ One World Film Festival
A Q&A with the director follows the screening.
RSVP required: https://events.nyu.edu/#!view/event/event_id/185443
November 13, 7 pm
NORMAL AUTISTIC FILM | Normální autistický film
Directed by Miroslav Janek, 2016, Czech with English subtitles, 88 min.
What does “aspík” means? And what do autistic people, the Little Prince and aliens have in common? The five child and adolescent protagonists in the film live with a label that separates them from others. But who is to say what is normal and what is not? Acclaimed Czech film maker Miroslav Janek has made an extraordinary film about extraordinary people who are challenging the misconception that autism is a disease. The film is full of poetic images, famous piano pieces, autistic rap, philosophical reflections about the universe, death, friendship and the world of fairies, as well as the bold plans of a future demolition crew member. Basically your typical, everyday autistic film. ~One World Film Festival
The film received the Czech Lion Award for Best Documentary, Czech Film Critics Award, and the Jury Award in the Czech Competition at the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.
RSVP required: https://events.nyu.edu/#!view/event/event_id/163148
November 14, 5:30 pm
LOST IN LEBANON
Directed by Georgia and Sophia Scott, 2016, in Arabic and English w/English subtitles, 81 min.
Lebanon is a country of barely five million inhabitants, where more than a million Syrian refugees have found refuge. Fearing that the situation would spiral out of control, in 2015 the Lebanese government began tightening its asylum policy. As a result of new visa restrictions, some 80% of Syrians found themselves in the position of illegal migrants. The film interweaves four stories showing the extreme situations that people who are denied the right to a home are exposed to. What opportunities do fleeing Syrians have left when they cannot go back and neighboring countries Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon cannot afford to take on hundreds of thousands of newcomers? ~One World Film Festival
Discussion following the screening with special guests:
Joyce Karam, Washington Correspondent for Al-Hayat and The National
Fabrice Balanche, associate professor and research director at the University of Lyon 2, a visiting fellow at Hoover Institution-Stanford University
A reception with light refreshments follows the screening.
ABOUT ONE WORLD:
Over the past 19 years One World has grown into the largest human rights documentary film festival in the world. Organized by People in Need, the festival works with a broad definition of human rights, and therefore in addition to films about political causes and development themes, the programme also includes films about social issues, the environment and lifestyles. The festival brings “Echoes of One World”, a select showcase of some of the top films from the festival, to Washington, DC. For more information about the festival, please visit www.oneworld.cz.