War Don Don

War Don Don

Rebecca Richman Cohen, USA, 2009HD, Colour, 85'

In the heart of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, United Nations soldiers guard a heavily fortified building known as the “special court.” Inside, IssaSesay awaits his trial. Prosecutors say Sesay is a war criminal, guilty of heinous crimes against humanity. His defenders say he is a reluctant fighter who protected civilians and played a crucial role in bringing peace to Sierra Leone. With unprecedented access to prosecutors, defense attorneys, victims, and, from behind bars, Sesay himself, WAR DON DON puts international justice on trial for the world to see — finding that in some cases the past is not just painful, it is also opaque.

04 August, Kino Bahçe, 20:15

International Documentary Competition

Director: Rebecca Richman Cohen
Producer: Rebecca Richman Cohen, Francisco Bello
Cinematographer: Nadia Hallgren, William Charles Moss
Editor: Francisco Bello
Sound: Scott Guitteau

Director's Biography

A filmmaker with experience in international human rights and criminal defense. Between trips to West Africa, she has been adjunct faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where she taught 'Human Rights, Mass Atrocity, and Documentary Film' and at American Universityā€™s Human Rights Institute. Rebecca graduated from Brown University and Harvard Law School.

Festivals and Awards:

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2010.Silverdocs Documentary Festival 2010.SXSW 2010.


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