Saturday 16 September 2009
Filmmakers Pamela Yates (director), Paco de Onis (producer) and Peter Kinoy (editor) followed chief International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo and his team of investigators and prosecutors for three years, across four continents, to document their work. At every turn, Moreno-Ocampo and crew faced danger, hostility and resistance.
Three great powers—China, Russia and the United States—are not members of the Court. China opposes the ICC arrest warrant indicting Sudanese President al-Bashir, and Russia remains skeptical about it. The US fears that its own citizens may one day be brought before the court.
We follow the investigators in their work in Colombia, where they help prosecutors fighting to investigate abuses committed in the fight against political violence ravaging the country; in the Congo, where the ICC issues an arrest warrant for Thomas Lubanga Dyilo; and in the Sudan, where international law and realpolitik complicate the case of president al-Basir. In Uganda, some of the leaders of the Lord’s Resistance Army (a rebel group) attempt to circumvent the arrests by promising negotatiations and a cease-fire.
Nothing less than a real–life thriller, The Reckoning keeps you on the edge of your seat with two riveting dramas—the prosecution of three cases of unspeakable crimes against humanity and the ICC’s fight for its own survival and effectiveness. Senior Trial Attorney Chung reveals the stakes that still hang in the balance when she wonders if the ICC will emerge as an effective institution for justice or simply a symbolic one, a “shadow” of what it was meant to be.
“I started out thinking that The Reckoning would be about the ICC's cases and trials, like any good crime thriller," says director Pamela Yates. "I quickly realized I had to expand the film's vision to include the far-reaching effects the ICC was having at the local level, with the tremendous amount of controversy as well as hope that its investigations were causing. The Court itself became the protagonist of The Reckoning, and all the cinematic elements were developed in realizing this idea.”
This event is a collaboration with P.O.V., PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series.
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Saturday 19 September 2009, 19:00 – 21:00 (7:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
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