WATCH DOCS daily schedule: the first Saturday of the festival (Dec 5)

The first Saturday of the 20th WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film IFF will be full of attractions! We will start with a broadcast of the festival opening ceremony and we will end the day with Avtomat’s live act! Throughout the whole festival, until December 13, you can also watch all the movies featured in this year's program on the platform.

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10:15 a.m. – Broadcast of the opening ceremony during which the following prizes were awarded:

  • WATCH DOCS award for the best film in this year’s competition was given to Anabel Rodríguez Ríos for “Once Upon a Time in Venezuela”
  • the laurate of the special Marek Nowicki Prize awarded by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights to filmmakers for their excellent achievement in showing human rights in film is Kazuhiro Soda
  • the FUTURE DOCS Award was won by Joakim Demmer,  Masha Novikova, and Chiara Minchio for the project “The Barrier”

Talks with directors:

4:00 p.m. - A talk with Marc Isaacs, director of "The Filmmaker's House"      

About the film: The filmmaker, Marc Isaacs, opens up the doors to his home. He films his cleaning lady, workers repairing the fence in his yard, a neighbor from Pakistan offering everyone a delicious meal, and a homeless man he sometimes lets sleep on his couch. But when this entire international contingent meets at the same time in his living room, the situation gets out of hand.

5:00 p.m. – A talk with Magnus Gertten, director of "Only the Devil Lives Without Hope"

About the film: For years, the Uzbek authorities have ruthlessly suppressed all manifestations of real and imaginary resistance under the guise of a “war on terror.” The protagonist in the film by Magnus Gertten has been fighting for years to free her brother, who was convicted on trumped-up charges of carrying out a terrorist attack. Like most political prisoners put away by the Uzbek dictatorship, Iskandar is held in the infamous Jaslyk Prison, in the desert.

Special event!                                                       

6:00 p.m. – The premiere of  the film "7th of August", dir. Michał Bolland

The wave crested on August 7, when the community said enough, demonstrating on the streets of Warsaw in defense of an activist Margot. On that day, the power of rainbow solidarity clashed with brutal police aggression, resulting in the orchestrated arrests of 48 participants of the protest. These included the protagonists of Michał Bolland's shocking film - Kajetan, Kamila, Krem as well as Julia and her partner.

6:30 p.m. – Discussion: Did the events of August 7 awake “queer rage” in Poland?


  • Kamila Kuryło – protagonist of the film
  • Kajetan Łukomski (Avtomat) – protagonist of the film
  • Michał Bolland – director of the film
  • Cecylia Jakubczak – Campaign Against Homophobia
  • Karolina Gierdal – Campaign Against Homophobia
  • Jarosław Jagura – Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights


  • Anton Ambroziak, journalist and reprorter at

The discussion will be translated into Polish sign language.

20.00 Avtomat live act

The event is organized in cooperation with Campaign Against Homophobia. 

Media patronage: OKO.PRESS