The OWR 12 Competition

The OWR 12 Competition

18 February

Ten very exciting documentaries are to enter the competition for the only One World Romania Award. This year is the first time we will be offering a sum of money with the award, with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute.

The documentaries in the Competition gather stories from all around the world – from Italy to Japan, from Mali to France, from Kyrgyzstan to Hungary, from Ukraine to the United States of America and from Serbia to Spain. Moreover, they treat very diverse themes, as they are also part of nine other main sections of the festival. You can meet eight of the filmmakers of these documentaries after each screening, programmed each evening at Cinemateca Eforie and with a rerun the following day at ARCUB, Cinemateca Union or Cinema Elvire Popesco.

The jury for the Competition is composed of five high school students, selected each year based on their essays on a socially relevant theme. The challenge for this year was for them to imagine and describe a community they find ideal.

The films in the Competition

In “Home, Sweet Home”, the Japanese director Ise Shinichi films his family for 35 years, with his disabled niece Nao at the centre, a decision he takes after a dark diagnosis made by the doctors. In “Before Father Gets Back”, director Mari Gulbiani follows the story of two Georgian teenage girls from very conservative families, as they manage to escape from their restrictive world through films. In “Djamilia”, director Aminatou Echard shows us the stories of several Kyrghyz women and their daily troubles. Christian Sonderegger’s documentary, “Coby”, develops on the processes transgender people and their families undergo, without drawing out exoticism. Director Denis Gheerbrant introduces us in “Mallé in his exile” to a noble in Mali who is currently working in Paris, and who is also feeling like a slave, living a life so different from the one in his native country, where he literally owns slaves. And in the film “A Woman Captured”, by Bernadett Tuza-Ritter, we meet Marish, the house maid of a middle-class family in Hungary, forced by her employers to unimaginable humiliations.

In “The Divide” filmmakers Irene Yague Herrero and Alberto Garcia Ortiz show the trouble with the municipality that a Spanish family has on the brink of their eviction, while in “Camorra”, by Italian director Francesco Patierno, we find out the story of this famous organized crime group and we become familiar with the mechanisms that allowed them to stifle an imminent uprising of the lower classed in the region. And in “My Father Is My Mother’s Brother”, by Vadym Ilkov, we meet an eccentric yet endearing family of modern-day Ukraine, while in “Srbenka”, by Nebojsa Slijepcevic we go back to traumatizing moments from the Civil War among the former Yugoslavian countries, through a therapeutic theatre play.

The Schedule of the Competition

Home Sweet Home

directed by: Ise Shinichi


March 16th, 9 p.m., Cinemateca Eforie

March 17th,12:00 p.m. , ARCUB 


directed by: Francesco Patierno


March 20th, 6:30 p.m., Cinemateca Eforie

March 22nd, 6:30 p.m., ARCUB 


directed by: Christian Sonderegger


March 16th, 7:00 p.m., Cinemateca Eforie

March 17th, 3:00 p.m., ARCUB 

The Divide

directed by: Irene Yagüe Herrero, Alberto García Ortiz


March 20th, 8:30 p.m., Cinemateca Eforie

March 21st, 6:00 p.m., Cinemateca Union 

Before Father Gets Back

directed by: Mari Gulbiani


March 17th, 6:30 p.m., Cinemateca Eforie

March 18th, 9:00 p.m., ARCUB 


directed by: Aminatou Echard


March 18th, 6:30 p.m., Cinemateca Eforie

March 19th, 6:00 p.m., Cinema Elvire Popesco 

Mallé in His Exile

directed by: Dennis Gheerbrant


March 22nd, 8:30 p.m., Cinemateca Eforie

March 23rd, 3:00 p.m., ARCUB 

A Woman Captured

directed by: Bernadett Tuza-Ritter


March 18th, 9:00 p.m., Cinemateca Eforie

March 19th, 6:00 p.m., ARCUB 


directed by: Nebojsa Slijepcevic


March 19th, 9:00 p.m., Cinemateca Eforie

March 20th, 6:00 p.m., ARCUB 

My Father Is My Mother's Brother

directed by: Vadim Ilkov


March 17th, 9:00 p.m., Cinemateca Eforie

March 18th, 6:00 p.m., ARCUB 

Tickets: Eventbook
Logistic partner: DHL
Digital Partner: Canopy
Monitoring partner: mediaTRUST
The festival was created in 2008 by the: Czech Centre Bucharest