ONE WORLD 2012: Carte Blanche
Date: 22 May 2012 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Venue: GOETHE INSTITUT, Rue Belliard 58, 1040 Bruxelles
Film by Heidi Specogna / Germany, Switzerland / 2011 / 91 min.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague was established to try perpetrators from around the world for crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes. This film, by German director Heidi Specogna, follows the court’s investigators and prosecutors to spotlight the process of these complex and demanding jobs. Without the aid of weapons or uniforms, ICC experts visit some of the most dangerous spots on the planet to gather evidence of atrocities. One such place is the Central African Republic, where armed Congolese militiamen carried out looting, murder and rape during a months-long rampage. Survivors of the siege clung to the hope that the architect of those horrors – military leader and former vice president of the Democratic Republic of Congo Jean-Pierre Bemba – would face justice. Providing insight into the workings of the ICC, Specogna’s story shares the painstaking prep work that takes place before offenders are imprisoned.
Guests will include Gloria Atiba Davies, the head of the Gender and Children Unit in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, Dima Yared, Human Rights Officer, OHCHR, and Luc Meissner, ICC program coordinator at Avocats Sans Frontieres – Belgium.
This event is being held in cooperation with the United Nations Regional Information Centre - UNRIC.
This screening is part of the One World in Brussels 2012 film festival.