Unseen nets the main prize and the Audience Award at One World Slovakia

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“Like so many other film festivals, the International Documentary Film Festival One World in Slovakiatransformed its 21st edition into a virtual, nationwide event. And similarly to other gatherings such as the Ji.hlava IDFF, One World 2020 managed to reach record-breaking attendance levels. The films selected for the 2020 line-up (see the news), which unspooled from 5-11 November, were watched by an audience of over 14,000 viewers.

The international jury – consisting of Stephanie Fuchs, of Autlook Filmsales; Czech documentarian and activist Ivona Remundová; and Slovak documentary maker Pavol Pekarčík – watched Slovak and Czech films in the competitive Slovakia and the Czech Republic for Human Rights section. The jury picked a documentary about trauma during childbirth, Unseen, the feature debut by Slovakian director Maia Martiniak, as the recipient of the top prize. “Unseen is a captivating film that does not end with the end credits, but forces us to think about the question of freedom and respect for women’s decisions during childbirth. At a time when, in some European countries, women have to fight once again for the right to decide on issues concerning their own body, the film gently, but urgently, points to how long a journey is still ahead of our society until we can approach the dream of achieving the respect and kindness that every woman deserves, without exception. Inconspicuously accurate shots, elaborate dramaturgy, and excellently selected characters make the film an important and timeless work that deals with a significant question that concerns us all,” noted the international jury. In addition, Martiniak’s film also netted the Audience Award.”

Whole article you can read at Cineuropa, 13.11.2020