Competitions

Camera Justitia

Camera Justitia highlights people who take matters into their own hands. In documentaries and feature films we see underdogs fighting corruption, inequality and discrimination in their fight for justice.

Nominations

Cause, The

Shocking depiction of the dystopian world inside Venezuelan prison PGV. The government has withdrawn and the inmates rule. But even in these grim circumstances, people look for goodness, beauty and salvation. Filmed undercover, sometimes with hidden cameras, over a period of five years. In ...

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Scarecrows, The

Zina fell in love with a man who sold her as a slave to a terrorist group. After she escaped together with Djo, both women return to their homeland Tunisia. They are severely traumatised and face a hostile society. Filmed close to the bone by Tunisian master Nouri Bouzid. Tunis, 2013. Zina ...

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Collective

Carefully composed, thriller-like documentary about medical scandal and corruption in Romania. A courageous group of journalists refuses to give up, and an idealistic politician tries to tackle the problem at its root. Do they stand a chance when corruption rots the country from within?In 20...

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Antigone

Antigone and her siblings fled from Algeria to Canada when they were small. When one day Antigone’s older brother is unjustly killed by the police, and her other brother faces deportation, she concocts a dangerous plan to save the family. Compassionate drama about sacrifice, justice and the immigrant exper...

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Corpus Christi

When 20-year-old Daniel is released on parole from a Polish youth detention centre, he bluffs his way into becoming the priest of a local church in a small village. Gradually, he wins the people’s confidence. Intriguing film about second chances and getting to terms with the past....

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Guardian of Memory, The

The people of Juárez Valley on the Mexico-Texas border face two enemies: the drug cartels and the federal forces supposedly fighting them. Looking for safety in the United States, they are treated like criminals themselves. Captured in mesmerizingly beautiful cinematography. What if there...

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nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up

The story of the killing of Cree man Coulten Boushie, and the movement it sparked against injustice in Canada’s legal system. With this film, director Tasha Hubbard shows a an image of Canada’s colonial history, and the betrayal of its indigenous people. He believed that if people would...

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Our Mothers

Forensic anthropologist Ernesto’s work consists of identifying bodies dating back to the civil war in Guatemala. Recognising his father on an old picture is the beginning of a quest to uncover his family history. Director César Diaz won the Camera d’Or for best debut at the Cannes Film Festival....

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Advocate

74-year-old Israeli human rights lawyer Lea Tsemel has dedicated her professional life to the defence of Palestinians who resisted the Israeli occupation. Most Israeli’s would consider these defendants terrorists and she’s often called ‘the Devil’s Advocate’. For her, that’s a compliment. Portrai...

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Smuggling Hendrix

Cypriot comedy about Jimi, a cute dog living with his owner Yiannis in the Greek part of Cyprus. When Yiannis isn’t looking, Jimi suddenly runs across the border to the Turkish part of the island. While people are free to travel between the Greek and Turkish parts, it’s a whole different story for animal...

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Whispering Truth to Power

Inspiring portrait of soft-spoken but decisive South African Public Protector Thuli Madonsela during her final year in office. When she takes on president Jacob Zuma in a large-scale corruption case, Madonsela has to navigate a minefield, with danger and obstruction coming from all sides. Two...

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Unremember

Joana is a Brazilian teenager who has spent much of her childhood with her exiled mother in Paris. After her return to Brazil, Joana starts looking for the truth about her father, a political activist who disappeared under Brazil’s military dictatorship. A beautifully shot film, brimming with life and musi...

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Accused, The

The beautiful young Dolores is the only indicted suspect for the murder of her best friend. Her family and friends do everything they can to help her prove her innocence, but as the trial moves forward and pressure grows, suspicion and secrets emerge within the family. Dolores lived the life ...

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Screwdriver

Psychological thriller about Palestinian Ziad, who returns to Palestine after more than fifteen years spent in an Israeli prison. He was arrested as a teenager, and finds it difficult to find his place in society now that he is an adult. Palestinians see him as a hero, but that’s not how he feels. He wonde...

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Crime + Punishment

This exciting documentary is a whistle-blowers’ exposé showing how twelve courageous cops in the New York Police Department joined forces to take on their bosses. They sued the NYPD for corruption, false arrests and ethnic profiling. Although arrest quotas have been prohibited since 2010, ...

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Armed to the Teeth

Chilling and heartbreaking reconstruction of the murder of two students by the Mexican army in 2010. When Jorge and Javier go out one night, they are killed by soldiers chasing criminals. Relatives go on a search for truth and justice, but the cover-up reaches to the highest levels. Jorge Me...

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Truth Detectives

All over the world, people are combining the latest technologies with the findings of citizen journalists and investigators, to combat impunity and injustice. They have one goal above all: denying perpetrators the chance to deny. Fascinating reports from Ukraine, Colombia, Israel, Syria and Mali.

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Third Murder, The

Beautifully stylized Japanese murder mystery and philosophical legal thriller. When a man confesses to the murder of his former boss, it seems like an open-and-shut case. But as the man’s story keeps changing, his lawyer goes on a search for the truth. Slowly but surely, he begins to doubt everything. ...

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So Help Me God

Fly-on-the-wall portrait of colourful Brussels examining magistrate Anne Gruwez. While she masterfully grills a steady procession of small and large criminals, her unfiltered opinions and disarming humour accompany this raw insight into the Belgian justice system. The cold case investigation into the murder ...

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In the Fade

Katja’s life collapses when her husband and young son are killed in a bomb attack. She is determined to find justice, either inside or outside of the courtroom. Aus dem Nichts – both a courtroom drama and a revenge story – won the 2018 Golden Globe for best foreign film.A shoc...

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Los Perros

While her marriage is turning sour, Mariana is attracted to her horse riding instructor. She discovers that he is a former colonel involved in human rights abuses during Chile’s military dictatorship, and that her own father might be implicated too. She goes searching for the truth, not knowing if she ...

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No Place for a Rebel

Sixteen years after rebels abducted him as a child, Opono Opondo returns home to Uganda as an adult war commander. Now he has to re-adapt to civil society. Opono grew up to become a war commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army of Joseph Kony. Sixteen years after his abduction by the rebe...

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Algo Mío – Argentina’s Stolen Children

Hilario and Catalina are among the most defenceless victims of the Argentinian military junta: they were stolen from their families as babies and placed with foster families. Their parents disappeared for good. Now that their family history has become clear, it raises complex questions about perpetrators, vi...

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Bram Fischer

On 11 July 1963, the South African police raided the Liliesleaf farm in Rivonia, north of Johannesburg. Ten activists were arrested who would later stand trial in the Rivonia case. Lawyer Bram Fischer was a regular guest at the farm, but he happened to not be present at the time of the raid. This is why he w...

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Verdict, The

In this thrilling courtroom drama it is the audience that decides on the film's outcome by passing judgement on a classic horrible dilemma. Is the jet fighter pilot who shot down a hijacked aircraft responsible for the death of its 163 passengers? Or should he receive a medal of honour for saving 70,000 peop...

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Cold Case Hammarskjöld

Remarkable documentary in which director and enfant terrible Mads Brügger (The Ambassador) partners with private detective Göran Bjorkdahl in an attempt to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld. Their search leads them to something much bigger than the murder o...

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Beauty and the Dogs

At a student party in Tunis, Mariam meets a mysterious man named Youssef. When they leave the party together, it is the start of a long night in which Mariam has to fight for her rights and dignity in a corrupt system.In spite of the shock of the event, Mariam is determined to report her a...

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Solitary

'Ideally, I would like to have a wife, a couple of kids and a dog. But instead I am locked up for 1214 years, without any chance of early release.' Randall is locked up in Red Onion State Prison, a 'supermax' prison where inmates are in their cell 23 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the United ...

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Apprentice

Aiman is the eager apprentice who learns the intricacies of the profession of executioner from his teacher Rahim. But their shared history puts their relationship under constant, latent strain. Aiman is 28 and has managed to break free from the environment he grew up in. Using a disciplined a...

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Zero Days

A computer virus rapidly spreads across the world, baffling hackers in 2010. Where does this advanced virus come from, who developed it, and for what purpose? Oscar winner Alex Gibney investigated and filmed this non-fiction thriller. Stuxnet was developed by the United States and Israel to d...

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People vs. Fritz Bauer,The

Intriguing biography about courageous attorney-general Fritz Bauer, who has little faith in the legal system of post-war Germany in the early 1960s. That is why he decides to call in the help of Israeli secret service the Mossad, in his search for Adolf Eichmann, the top Nazi war criminal and fugitive. Howev...

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Fear of 13, The

After having spent 23 years on death row, Nick writes a letter asking the judge to cease all investigations into his case and grant him the right to be swiftly executed. With a minimum of drama to achieve a maximum effect, this psychological thriller documentary tells the remarkable life story of this man, i...

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Deep Web

Fascinating document on the dark side of the Internet and how the legal system is trailing behind in this digital age. Entrepreneur Ross William Ulbricht is suspected of being the mastermind behind ‘Silk Road’, an online drugs market. He claims he did not act alone, but this did not keep the Amer...

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War, A

Oscar-nominated opening film about idealistic Danish army commander Claus Michael Pedersen, whose troupes are employed in an Afghanistan province. Caught in heavy crossfire with Taliban fighters, Pedersen faces a difficult decision that will have far-reaching consequences. While army commande...

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Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr

Back in 2002, 15-year-old Omar Khadr was captured by American soldiers and locked up in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, where he was subjected to torture. He was released in May 2015. Together with his attorney he looks back on his role in the war and the atrocities of the detention camp.

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Paulina

Paulina is an idealistic young lawyer from Argentina who quits her well-paid job to work as a teacher at a rural school project. Her choice greatly displeases her father, a successful judge. Her idealism is tested when a group of men snatch her off the road late at night and confirm all...

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Democrats

An intriguing look at an authoritarian state on the verge of democratisation. The film follows representatives of Mugabe’s regime and the opposition party closely during the ‘making of’ a new Constitution for Zimbabwe. Following one of Africa’s bloodiest elections, autocrat Robert Muga...

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Trial of Ratko Mladic, The

Over a period of five years, the film-makers follow the trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia against notorious war criminal Ratko Mladić. The Bosnian-Serbian general was the commanding officer of the forces besieging Sarajevo in the ‘dirty war’ in...

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Point Blank

Courageous Brazilian documentary investigates police violence and corruption in Rio de Janeiro. Over the past twenty years, the police killed many innocent favela dwellers under the veil of the ‘war on drug cartels’. Brazil’s favela dwellers are doubly affected: besides mafia bosses and drug...

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Uyghurs, Prisoners of the Absurd

The incredible odyssey of a group of China’s Uyghur minority, detained in Guantánamo as terrorists. Exposing the cold logic of post–September 11 geopolitical gamemasters, this documentary is part human drama, part political thriller, and both thought-provoking and moving. In the Chine...

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Drone (2014)

America has been carrying out drone attacks in Pakistan for years, causing huge numbers of civilian casualties. In Drone, surviving relatives and human rights lawyers, but also young drone pilots who are recruited in the gaming world, give an account of the suffering and injustice this entails. Becau...

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9999

Poignant and topical documentary about the fallacious Belgian policy to detain criminals suffering from mental health problems in prison cells without providing for psychological assistance or care. The date of release mentioned on their files is 31/12/9999. While Belgian law states that criminals suffering f...

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3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets

Electrifying documentary thriller about Afro-Americanteenager Jordan Davis who is shot dead after a discussion about his loud music.The filmmakers reconstruct the events with interviews, phone conversations andhome video's, resulting in a collage on the huge divide in the United Stateswith regard to gun owne...

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Those Who Said No

After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the new Iranian regime consolidated its power through the mass removal of opponents: in the 1980s, thousands of political prisoners were secretly tortured and killed. From Sweden, one of the survivors follows the Iran Tribunal. He dreams of confronting the perpetrators. T...

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E-TEAM

Anna, Ole, Fred en Peter share a special job: as members of the Human Rights Watch emergency team they are rapidly dispatched to investigate human rights abuses in war zones. Exciting documentary that provides an insight into the human rights record of Syria and Libya, but also into the private lives of the investig...

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Watchers of the Sky

Beautifully stylised documentary that uses animation, archive footage and interviews to shed light on the historical quest for international justice. Telling the life story of Raphael Lemkin, the film shows the vision of remarkable protagonists in their struggle against genocide and crimes against humanity. P...

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Miners Shot Down

Reconstruction of the events surrounding the Marikana miners’ strike in August 2012, where poorly paid South-African employees of the British Lonmin mine went on a strike to peacefully call for higher wages. The documentary reconstructs the brutal police clampdown using unprecedented footage of the seven days ...

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Prosecutor, the Defender, the Father and his Son, The

Courtroom drama based on a true story. Two ambitious lawyers go head to head in the trial against Milorad Krstić, who is accused of war crimes, at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. The testimony of witness K109 seems to be decisive for the indictment of Krstić, but...

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Verdict, The (2013)

When the murderer of his wife is released due to a procedural error, Luc Segers blows a fuse. He takes justice into his own hands and wages war against the rule of law by which he feels abandoned. Het Vonnis is a captivating Flemish courtroom thriller about law and justice. Luc Segers has a gorgeous wife, a nice da...

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Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

After three months of solitary confinement, Chinese ‘artivist’ Ai Weiwei wonders about the toll his activism is taking. Straightforward camerawork captures Ai Weiwei with his family in and around his house, during interviews and while dealing with uncertainty and new provocations.  In recent ...

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Haunting History, A

Lawyer Anuol Deng (30) went to law school in England. He returned to his birthplace in South Sudan with the ambition to help rebuild his country: a new state where everyone is entitled to fair justice. It becomes a hard and frustrating endeavour. Many people in South Sudan are in desperate pursuit of peace a...

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Dance of Outlaws

Poignant portrait of Moroccan Hind, a young woman who officially does not exist. She was cast away by her family at the age of fifteen when she fell pregnant after being raped. Since then, she is an outcaste in Moroccan society. Hind is a young woman ‘without a shadow’: her name has disappeared fr...

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Narco Cultura

The Mexican drug war is spiraling out of control, and meanwhile a musical subculture that glorifies that same war is blossoming in the United States. Richard Soto is at the center of the storm that is the Mexican drug war. He is a forensic examiner in Juarez, one of the most dangerous cities in the world - th...

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WikiLeaks: Secrets and Lies

Unique portrait of controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and the rise and fall of the biggest whistle-blowing platform in modern history. Using interviews with those directly concerned, director Patrick Forbes reconstructs how the Wikileaks website, initially designed as a portal for accessing secret...

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Good Wife, A

Well-off fifty-year-old Milena lovingly performs her traditional tasks as a wife and mother in an upper-class suburb of Belgrade. Her quiet life gradually comes to an end when she discovers a gloomy secret from her husband's past and at the same time learns that she is ill. A Good Wife is the...

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Judgment in Hungary

Proceedings of the trial against Hungarian right-wing extremists who murdered six Roma, including a five-year old. Claustrophobic, confusing and unsettling. In 2008 and 2009, a group of Hungarian right-wing extremists committed a series of attacks on random members of the Roma community. Six people ...

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Brussels-Kigali

Rwandese nationals in Belgium who testify against Ephrem Nkezabera, the ‘genocide’s banker’, are exposed to death threats by former countrymen. Despite painful memories and fear for reprisals, giving evidence is essential for survivors to cope with what happened to them. In the Brussels cour...

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Justice for my Sister

‘David versus Goliath’ story about the determination of Guatemalan Rebeca to find the assassin of her sister Adela and bring him to justice. Despite opposition, corruption and prejudice she seeks justice in a country where femicide (killing of women) is commonplace. One day, 27-year-old A...

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Khmer Rouge and the Man of Non-violence, The

Intriguing documentary about the defence of Khmer Rouge leader Kang Guek Eav, also known as ‘Duch’, who headed the notorious Cambodian S21 prison in the seventies. Despite Duch’s confession, his lawyers quarrel about the best line of defence. In a brand new court in Cambodia, a country still divided alo...

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Act of Killing, The

Former leaders of Indonesian death squads go fifty years back in time to play their role in the 1965 genocide in film scenes. A documentary that illustrates the imagination of these murderers. ‘Unforgettable, unmissable, horribly brilliant.’ The Guardian. In the 1960s, Anwar was a small-time gang...

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Closed Sea

Impressive documentary about Italy’s maritime interception operations aimed at immediately returning migrants from Libya who want to reach the European shore. Some refugees apply to the European Court of Human Rights. In 2009, Silvio Berlusconi and Muammar Gadaffi signed a treaty to limit the flow of mi...

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Five Years

Murat Kurnaz was arrested in Pakistan in 2001. He was handed over to the US authorities and then detained at Guantánamo for over five years. Despite unimaginable torture, Kurnaz always maintained his innocence. Based on a true story. Turkish-German Murat Kurnaz was held in American detention camps in A...

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Court, The (2013)

Insight into the busy life of Luis Moreno Ocampo, the first chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The filmmakers follow him during his preparations for the trial against Congolese rebel leader Thomas Lubanga, listen in when he is interviewed by journalists, join him for lunch with actres...

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Love Crimes of Kabul

The women in Kabul’s Badum Bagh jail serve a prison sentence for ‘moral offences’, including having sex before marriage, running away from home and committing adultery. This documentary follows three young women in their struggle with Islamic law. Filmmaker Tanaz Eshaghian provides a unique ...

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Carte Blanche

Investigators from the International Criminal Court are in the Central African Republic, one of the most dangerous places on earth, to collect evidence for the court case brought against former rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba. Meanwhile, the public prosecutors back in The Hague prepare to present their case. W...

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Crime after Crime

Californian woman Deborah Peagler was sentenced to life in prison for her involvement in the murder of her abusive boyfriend. After spending nearly a quarter of a century in prison, a new law offers hope of early parole. Two inexperienced lawyers take on her case, and discover corruption and political manoeuvring.

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Law in These Parts, The

In a series of interviews, Israeli law enforcement officials speak plainly about the legal system they have created in the occupied Palestinian territories, providing a unique insight into the political and social impact of this particular legal system. Ever since Israel conquered the territories after the Si...

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No Fire Zone – The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka

Shocking documentary about the bloody denouement of the Sri Lankan war, which has raged for almost twenty-six years. Using mobile phone footage, filmed by people that were subjected to the atrocities and by those that committed them, director Callum Macrae pieced together a compelling and horrifying film document ab...

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Give Up Tomorrow

Award-winning documentary about what is considered the process of the century in the Philippines. Give Up Tomorrow is a chronicle that exposes a Kafkaesque world of corruption, sensation-seeking media, two grieving mothers and a cesspit of injustice. A criminal who didn’t commit the crime, a murder my...

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Guantanamo Trap, The

No one escapes Guantanamo unscathed; this becomes clear through the stories of four people whose biographies are intrinsically linked to the Guantánamo Bay internment camp. Their lives are forever marked by the experiences they lived through in America’s most infamous prison. Though it might seem that

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Telling Truths in Arusha

Fifteen years after the civil war in Rwanda, priest Hormisdas stands trial for genocide. Telling Truths in Arusha follows the Norwegian judge who has reach a verdict in his case. And that is not an easy task, as testimonies are contradictory. Priest Hormisdas Nsengimana stands trial for genocide and cri...

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Justice for Sale

In this subtle and surprising documentary, a thorough-going Congolese lawyer investigates a rape case in which the ‘perpetrator’ has become the victim of judicial errors. Third and final part of sisters Ilse and Femke van Velzen’s trilogy about the Congo. ‘This justice system has lost ...

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Kafka au Congo

A journey through the meanders of justice and backroom politics in Congo. Gorette Mawazu has been entangled in a demoralizing court case for fifteen years, and politicians hand out money to win votes. Kafka in the Congo. Gorette’...

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Justice for Sergei

Poignant portrait of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who paid the ultimate price for denouncing corruption in Russia. In November 2009, pending his trial, he died under dubious circumstances in a Moscow detention centre. While his death spurred international outcry, the Russian authorities remained silent. The...

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Prosecutor

Critical portrait of Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the first prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. His first trial goes to court in 2009, when Congolese national Thomas Lubanga is indicted for war crimes. We see the background of the controversial court, international criticism, and the problems a...

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Granito

When back in 1982, Pamela Yates made a documentary about the civil war in Guatemala, she could not have imagined that her research would be used to indict army officers who were responsible for war crimes one day. In Granito, Yates and four other experts bring together their personal investigations to contr...

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War Don Don

On a dusty road in the heart of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, UN soldiers are posted outside a building that locals refer to as the 'special court'. Inside, Issa Sesay stands trial. But who is Issa Sesay? According to the prosecutors, he is a war criminal, who committed horrendous crimes against humanity. His ...

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Getting Justice: Kenya’s Deadly Game of Wait and See

In the wake of the 2007 elections Kenya was swept by a wave of violence, killing more than thousand people. Hundreds of thousands of Kenyans were forced to flee their homes. 'Getting Justice: Kenya’s deadly game of wait and see' tries to identify who were responsible for the violence and how they can be brought t...

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Peace vs Justice

Critical documentary about the role of the International Criminal Court in the trial against rebel leader Joseph Kony, whose Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has spread death and destruction in Uganda for nearly twenty years now. Despite frenetic attempts to establish peace in the country, Ugandan president Mus...

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Son of Babylon

Iraqi-Dutch director Mohamed Al-Daradji’s roadmovie portrays the fate of virtually every family in Iraq. Two weeks after the fall of Saddam Hussein, twelve-year-old A...

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Trial, The

Ramush Haradinaj was a high-ranking commander in the UÇK, the Kosovo Liberation Army that went into war with Serbia, led at the time by Slobodan Milosevic. Haradinaj is seen as a war hero in Kosovo, and in 2004 he is even elected prime minister. But he is pursued by the past. After hardly a hundred days in power...

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Petition

From all over China, people travel to Beijing to complain about the abuse of power and corruption committed by their local authorities. All walks of life make their way to the anti-corruption officials, including small farmers who have lost their land, workers from factories that have been dismantled and homeowners who...

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Mugabe and the White African

Zimbabwe was once the breadbasket of Africa, but the policies of Robert Mugabe brought that to an end years ago. The expropriation of land from white farmers that occurred under land reform programmes has had disastrous consequences: not only for food production in Zimbabwe, but also for the rule of law.'Mugabe and...

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Impunity

Paramilitary groups in Colombia have spread death and destruction for years. In 2005, a specially established Commission for Peace and Justice started gathering evidence about the horrific violence. During emotional hearings, their gruesome acts are exposed in detail. The odds of them being sentenced are against, ho...

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My Neighbor, My Killer

The genocide, which took place in 1994 in Rwanda, has left its mark on the population. The legal system of the country buckled under the enormous number of prisoners suspected of committing genocide and war crimes. In 1999 and in response to this, the government introduced Gacaca: a community court in which victims and...

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Crude

Some call it the Chernobyl disaster of the Amazone: the many years of dumping waste oil in one of the world’s largest wildlife areas. Between 1964 and 1990 Texaco dumped billions of litres of toxic waste in the Amazone, leading to water, air and soil pollution in the area. Public health is affected correspondingl...

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