2016, Nick Louvel and Michele Mitchell, USA/Congo/Netherlands, 87 min.
- Sat, Jan 28th 7:45pm
- Mon, Jan 30th 7:45pm
"Riveting...THE UNCONDEMNED unfolds like a courtroom drama, but it's also a master class in demonstrating how people can change the world." — Daphne Howland, Village Voice
This documentary tells the thrilling story behind an epic 1997 human rights trial that pits a handful of underdog lawyers and traumatized Rwandan rape victims against a system that had never acknowledged rape as a genocidal crime. Reconstructing the three-year legal process step by step, and bringing the narrative forward into the present, the filmmakers trace the history of the Rwandan conflict’s horrific violence against women and profiles those brave enough to come forward with testimony, as they recount the work of researchers and lawyers venturing into uncharted territory to build a case. In English, French, and Kinyarwanda with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
JANUARY 28: Co-director Michele Mitchell will appear for audience discussion via Skype along with in person guests Ambassador David Scheffer (U.N. Secretary-General's Special Expert on United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials), Mayer Brown (Robert A. Helman Professor of Law and Director, Center for International Human Rights), Lisa Pruitt (law professor, UC Davis, interviewed and featured in the film and whose contribution to the ICTR Akayesu case is highlighted in the film), and Christa Desir (contemporary fiction writer, rape victim advocate, founding member of the Voices and Faces Project, a nonprofit organization for rape survivors that conducts an international survivor-based testimonial writing workshop). The discussion will be moderated by Jessica Buchleitner (multimedia journalist focused on the needs, voices and empowerment of women globally, author of 50 Women Anthology, Editor Women's News Network, delegate to the UN Commission on the Status of Women).
JANUARY 30: Co-director Michele Mitchell will appear for audience discussion in person with guest Dr. Galya Ruffer (Professor of Human Rights, Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University). The discussion will be moderated by Jessica Buchleitner (multimedia journalist focused on the needs, voices and empowerment of women globally, author of 50 Women Anthology, Editor Women's News Network, delegate to the UN Commission on the Status of Women) .