ONE WORLD 2012: Justice for Sale
Date: 15 May 2012 18:30 - 20:00
Venue: EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, Yehudi Menuhin space, ASP bldg, Rue Wiertz, 1047 Bruxelles. SPECIAL SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS APPLY - PLEASE SEE BELOW.
Film by Ilse van Velzen, Femke van Velzen / Netherlands / 2011 / 83 min (in competition).
“He gave me a potion. I drank it because I thought it was medicine.Then I became dizzy and fell down,” says the man in his emotionally convincing testimony before a military tribunal in Bukavu, a town in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The man has accused his subordinate of raping his wife. Despite a doctor’s report showing no signs of violence or rape, the court issues an uncompromising verdict: 10 years in prison. In Congolese jails, that verdict is tantamount to a slow death. The case attracts the attention of Claudine Tsongo, a lawyer and activist. Much like a detective, she gathers evidence that raises doubts about her client’s guilt. But she also discovers that evidence does not play an important role in corrupt Congo.
Guests will include Femke van Velzen, the director of the film, Nynke Douma, the field producer, and Roos Wilhelm from Cordaid. Moderated by Sebastiaan Gottlieb.
Opening Remarks by MEP Jan Zahradil - Vice-Chair of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group.
The event is being held in cooperation with Movies that Matter.
This screening is part of the One World in Brussels 2012 film festival.