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VII International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC

The Global Development in Cinema festival is a cultural and educational event that has been conducted by the HumanDOC Foundation since 2010. It is a recurring event that broadens the knowledge and awareness of Poles about global development and Polish involvement in development cooperation. Cinema about global development aims to help Polish viewers to gain a fuller understanding of the situation in developing countries, to sensitise them to the needs of people living in those countries and show how global issues affect the daily lives of ordinary people.

The festival reaches a wide range of audience groups with varying degrees of knowledge. It is aimed at both citizens interested in international affairs and global issues who are consciously looking for information on this subject, and those for whom this will be their first contact with these issues. The project’s target group are people from different social circles, from different professional and age groups – generally, people in the age group 16+, mainly students and graduates.

Poland belongs to the group of the 40 richest countries in the world; on a global scale, we are a highly-developed country. For several years, our country has not only been a recipient but also a donor of foreign aid. The Global Development in Cinema festival helps to understand the mechanisms of development aid and explains whom and how we help.

VII International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC

The HumanDOC International Documentary Film Festival is an event combining cinema at a high level and reflection on global issues. The short and feature-length documentary films presented at the festival are carefully selected and show global interdependencies, problems and challenges. The festival focuses on: life on less than one dollar a day, the fight against social exclusion, climate change, international assistance and conflict. It is a unique combination of documentary cinema, social campaigns, debates, discussions, exhibitions and competitions for project participants.

The aim of the project is the permanent, ongoing building and expanding of the awareness of Polish society in the affairs of world development and global development interdependence. The showing of global development cinema will help viewers at the festival understand the situation in poor countries, and sensitise them to what is happening in those countries. It will also highlight global challenges and interdependence, activate action and provide the opportunity to exchange experiences and knowledge with specialists.

The festival is preceded by a promotional and information campaign in the media. The seventh edition of the festival will be inaugurated at the Kinoteka cinema at the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, after which the films will be shown in at least ten cities across Poland and for a month they will be freely available on the internet on one of the popular film platforms. The best films, or the ones that best present development issues, are honoured with awards. Film screenings are accompanied by a series of events that deepen the resonance of the topics presented on the screen: displays by social campaigns, panel discussions, a competition and photo exhibition, meetings with authors and people appearing in the films, and quiz competitions for project beneficiaries.

VII International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC

The festival presented 18 documentaries with English and Polish subtitles. Its Warsaw edition was hosted at the Kinoteka Cinema, in a hall with a capacity of around 170 seats (Hall #2). Also the Staromiejski Cultural Centre held two screenings. The films were on for 3 days, from morning till evening, and were followed by a gala ceremony which closed the Festival. Nearly each meeting was accompanied by a lecture, debate, author meeting or discussion. The Festival’s five-member jury awarded five different prizes.

The HumanDOC 2016 Festival presented the following films:

  • 2 GIRLS, by Marco Speroni, 2016, Italy, 52 min. (Grand Prix Prize for foreign film)
  • MONK OF THE SEA, by Rafał Skalski, 2016, Poland, 68 min. (Grand Prix Award for Polish film)
  • SYRIAN LOVE STORY, by Sean McAllister, 2015, Great Britain, 76 min. (Special Award of the European Commission Representation in Poland in the “Different faces of migration” category)
  • GHOST PEOPLE, by Martyna Wojciechowska, Marek Kłosowicz, 2014, Poland, 45 min. (Special Award of the Institute of International Relations of the University of Warsaw’s Faculty of Political Science and International Studies)
  • THE OTHER KIDS, by Pablo de la Chica, 2016, Spain, 84 min. (Audience Award)
  • 24 SNOW, by Michail Barynin, 2016, Russia, 90 min.
  • ANORANZA, by Flo Flamme, 2016, Belgium, 71 min.
  • GOLD FEVER, by J.T. Haines, 2013, USA / Guatemala / Canada, 83 min.
  • SMALL PEOPLE. BIG TREES, by Vadim Vitovtsev, 2016, Russia, 45 min.
  • UNFORGIVEN, by Lukas Augustin, 2014, Germany / Rwanda, 75 min.
  • ON THE BRIDE’S SIDE, by Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande, KhaledSoliman Al Nassiry, 2014, Italy/Palestine, 98 min.
  • THE CROSSING, by George Kurian, 2015, Norway, 55 min.
  • CROSSING HELL: ANYTHING TO GET TO EUROPE, by Libya director team: CamilleCourcy, Olivier Azpitarte, Paul Comiti, Afghanistan director team: Claire Billet, Olivier Jobard, coordination: Renaud Fessaguet, 2013, France, 90 min
  • REQUIEM FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES by Richard Wolf, 2014, USA, 71 min.
  • UNBRANDED, by Philip Baribeau, 2015, USA, 106 min.
  • CARTEL LAND, by Matthew Heineman, 2015, Mexico / USA, 99 min.
  • THE GREAT WALL, by Tadhg O’Suvillan, 2015, Ireland, 74 min.
  • STATE OF MIND, by Daria Lipko, 2016, Poland, 53 min.

The screenings were accompanied by an exhibition featuring 33 photographs, which was on display for two weeks at the Kinoteka’s two levels.

The festival’s Warsaw programme included three meetings with the following directors of the ten featured films, who represented Polish, Flemish, Spanish, British, German, and Italian productions: Martyna Wojciechowska, Marco Speroni, Lukas and Salome Augustin, Sean McAllister, Flo Flamme, Pablo De la Chica, Rafał Skalski, Mikhail Barynin, and Vladim Vitovstev.

Ten Festival films were made available free online. Furthermore, special screenings showed three extra films that were not shown at the Kinoteka, as well as four TV documentaries.

Apart from Warsaw, the screenings were held in the following locations: Krakow, Wroclaw, Katowice, Dabrowa Gornicza, Poznan, Granica, Minsk Mazowiecki, Sanok, Belchatow, Gliwice, and Tarnowskie Gory. The screenings opened after the Festival and continued until the end of 2016. All cinemas were able to show 5 Festival films, and each institution was offered help with organising panels, discussions and follow-up debates.

More than a thousand people entered a photo competition, in three categories. A website was launched for the photo competition (www.konkurs.humandoc.pl and www.jasnastronakadru.pl), which posted laureate details. A further 5,000 people took part in activities and competitions on the event’s Facebook profile.