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28 août 2006

In Search of International Justice

The first film about a crucial new commitment to the international rule of law: the International Criminal Court.

DVD version with special features available - see below
66 minutes
Color / Stereo
Grade Level: 10 - 12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
ISBN (VHS): 1-59458-530-X
ISBN (DVD): 1-59458-531-8

Directed by Judy Jackson
Produced by Judy Films
Narrated by Peter Gabriel
Camera: Len Gilday, Bimi Shkumbim Bytqyi
Editing: Barton Hewett, Sarah Udal
Music: Mark Korven

Produced with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund * Produced with the financial participation of Rogers Documentary Fund * Produced in association with History Television * With the participation of the Canadian Film and Video Production Tax Credit & Film Incentive BC

This is the first film about a crucial new commitment to the International Rule of Law - so victims will no long suffer without being heard, and war criminals will be punished. Sixty years ago, with the Nuremberg charter, the world first said "Never Again." But these proved empty words for the victims of the Cold War years. The Superpowers couldn't agree on a universal code to punish war criminals. Tyrants ruled with impunity.

So the voices of their victims have echoed down through the decades, refusing to be silent, even in death. Joined by relatives who are unable to move on, until they know how their loved ones died. Different languages from different places, but with the same universal theme - begging to be delivered from the torment of living somewhere between life and death. Telling us that they will be able, finally, to rest, when we find out how they died. Insisting we listen.

It is because of these voices that International Justice has been reborn. In 2002 the International Criminal Court was established in The Hague. So far 100 countries have signed on to the Court's mandate. However, the world's remaining superpower, the United States is strongly opposed.

The new Court is already busy. It is investigating crimes against humanity in Darfur. It has issued indictments against leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army in Northern Uganda who abduct children and force them to fight. And a militia leader from the Democratic Republic of the Congo faces charges of recruiting children as young as 8 to fight for him.

For the first time war criminals are being forced to listen. The victims' voices now haunt them, telling them they will not be silent until justice is done. (...)

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