Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube announced today the programming slate for We Are One: A Global Film Festival, which will feature over 100 films co-curated by 21 prolific festivals, hailing from 35 countries.
The 10-day digital event will give audiences an opportunity to experience different cultures
through an artistic lens – each official selection was handpicked for inclusion to highlight the singularities of each participating festival, while also providing a voice to filmmakers on a global stage. Many of these titles will have significant debuts at the festival, with programming consisting of over 100 films, including 13 world premieres, 31 online premieres, and five international online premieres.
Highlights from the festival include the world premiere of ‘Iron Hammer’, Joan Chen’s documentary about legendary Chinese Olympic volleyball star Jenny Lang Ping, and ‘Eeb Allay Ooo!’, a satire from director Prateek Vats about the professional “monkey repellers” in New Delhi, which won the Golden Gateway honour at last year’s Mumbai Film Festival, and ‘Ricky Powell: The Individualist’, a documentary about legendary street photographer Powell featuring interviews with Natasha Lyonne and LL Cool J.
The Emmy-nominated documentary Traveling While Black and Atlas V, a sci-fi narrative starring Bill Skarsgard will also feature.
Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Director said “We wanted to focus on two things that have great power to unite people across the world – film and music. Here we present two silent films Shiraz and The Epic of Everest, restored by our colleagues at the BFI National Archive with richly evocative, newly commissioned scores from contemporary musicians – Anoushka Shankar and Simon Fisher Turner. These archive gems sit alongside a short film programme of emerging UK filmmakers who are busy now developing on the great promise of these works. We also present Rudeboy, a documentary about the UK’s Trojan records, behind many 60s reggae, ska and rocksteady hits from Desmond Dekker to The Maytals. In these challenging times, there are many people struggling and We Are One is an opportunity for us to come together through our love of film, art and music to reach out and support each other.”
Several of the former festival titles will have their online premieres, the event will also include both new VR content and musical performances as well as the traditional talks from prominent filmmakers. The curated talks, both archived from past festivals and brand new discussions will feature the likes of Francis Ford Coppola with Steven Soderbergh, Song Kang-ho and Bong Joon Ho, Jane Campion and Claire Denis.
21 international film festivals that include Berlin, Toronto, Sundance, Tokoyo and London helped to curate the truly global festival.
Through a donate button or link on every film page you will also have the opportunity to donate to the COVID-19 relief efforts of World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders, Leket Israel, GO Foundation and Give2Asia, among others.
We Are Global will run exclusively on YouTube May 29 – June 7 at YouTube.com/WeAreOne
The full festival schedule is available at www.weareoneglobalfestival.com.