Rights film festival opens in Romania

March 19, 2014 - 10:40:57 am
BUCHAREST: The One World Romania international human rights documentary film festival which opened in Bucharest on Monday reviews the struggles of eastern Europe since the collapse of communism 25 

years ago.

A quarter century after the fall of the Iron Curtain, “we still have to fight against corruption and prejudices but we are free,” the Czech ambassador to Romania Jiri Sitler said at the opening ceremony.

“Others must still fight for their basic freedom and their state, as we have seen recently in the case of the aggression against Ukraine and the so-called referendum in Crimea,” Sitler added to hearty applause.

One World Romania, among the most important festivals of its kind in eastern Europe, was created under the patronage of late Czech president Vaclav Havel, the icon of the anticommunist movement in the region.

Its seventh edition comes as “for the first time since 1989, a wind of solidarity” is blowing over the region, with thousands of protesters taking to the streets last year in Ukraine, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Romania against a political class accused of nepotism, organisers said.

A highlight of the “25 Years Later” category, “The Family”, a documentary by German filmmaker Stefan Weinert, explores the damage inflicted by the communist dictatorial regime on human beings.

Members of the audience will be encouraged to tell their own stories of life under communism on camera, to be compiled and shown at the closing ceremony on Sunday.