This fall, the CCIJ is hosting the first International Justice film festival in Toronto. It will feature a series of films and panel discussions about justice for human rights abuses, remedies to the culture of impunity and redress and support for survivors of genocide, torture and other atrocities. In keeping with the mandate of the CCIJ, we will provide an arena for survivors to connect and tell their stories, while increasing awareness about not only the mechanisms of justice but also it’s complications and the abuses it seeks to address.
The premier of the festival will set the stage for furthering networks between like-minded groups, attracting support for the organization and creating awareness of issues related to international justice. In the years to come, we will expand our focus by providing a forum for the voices and visions of those most affected by war. We will screen films made by survivors and people who have been personally affected, directly or indirectly by conflict and war crimes and now live in Canada. Submission guidelines will be released shortly.
A panel discussion composed of combinations of survivors, lawyers, journalists, human rights activists and academics, will accompany each film. It is through this interactive component that we hope to draw people into the issues behind the images and to allow for a greater engagement with the audience, especially law students. We want to create a forum for discussion and ensure a memorable event at every film night. Each screening will be followed by a small reception with refreshments.
The festival kicks off with The Reckoning, presented in conjunction with the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto. The Reckoning follows International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo and his team for three years across four continents as he issues arrest warrants for Lord’s Resistance Army leaders in Uganda, puts Congolese warlords on trial, shakes up the Colombian justice system, and charges Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir with genocide in Darfur, challenging the UN Security Council to arrest him.
On October 25, 2011, we will screen When the Mountains Tremble, at Ryerson University. This movie documents the war between the Guatemalan military and the Mayan population, with firsthand accounts by Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu. The films we have selected relate either directly to international justice or address issues that the CCIJ is or has been involved with, such as their case in Guatemala.
October 19 – Flavelle House at University of Toronto Room C 6:30-10:00
October 25 – Oakham House at Ryerson University 6:30-10:00
A cover charge of 5$ applies to each event, but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.