|International Diaspora Film Festival|
International Diaspora Film Festival
The International Human Rights Program, University of Toronto
in collaboration with
The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
World Association for Christian Communication
"JUSTICE FOR SALE"
Screening and discussion with filmmaker
Femke Van Velzen
Monday, 7 December 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
The International Diaspora Film Festival and the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) of the University of Toronto in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and World Association for Christian Communication will feature “Justice for Sale”, a documentary by Ilse and Femke Van Velzen.
Justice for Sale is a dramatic story which follows two young, courageous human rights lawyers who refuse to accept that justice is indeed "For Sale" in their country. Claudine and her husband Eugene, fight for justice to end impunity in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with film maker Femke Van Velzen
The event is free and open to the public but donations are welcomed
JUSTICE FOR SALE follows Claudine, a young and courageous human rights lawyer in Congo in her struggle against injustice and widespread impunity in Congo.
She investigates the case of a soldier who was convicted of rape and discovers that his trial was unfair and corrupted. He was convicted without any concrete evidence. In her journey to obtain justice, she uncovers a system where the basic principles of law are virtually ignored.
Questions are raised about the role of the international community and non-governmental organisations within the Congolese judicial system. Does their financial support cause justice to be for sale? And who pays the price?
JUSTICE FOR SALE is the third documentary in Ilse and Femke van Velzen’s trilogy about the Congo. Earlier they made FIGHTING THE SILENCE and WEAPON OF WAR.
Ilse and Femke VAN VELZEN: Directors and Producers
Since 2002 Ilse and Femke van Velzen as independent filmmakers specialised in operating, producing and directing documentaries under their own label IFPRODUCTIONS.
Through their films Ilse and Femke give oppressed people a voice in order to expose injustice (in developing countries) to a worldwide audience. Amongst the films they have made are “Bush Kids”, “Return to Angola”, “Fighting the Silence” and most recently “Weapon of War”.
Sandra P. 12/4/2015