Prosecutor: a documentary

Earlier this week I liveblogged the screening of a documentary called Prosecutor, which followed the first trial of the International Criminal Court and its chief prosecutor, an Argentinian lawyer named Luis Moreno-Ocampo. The ICC was launched in 2002 to deal with war crimes and crimes against humanity, following the footsteps of the Nuremberg Nazi trials, but not beholden to a specific country or travesty. Instead, Moreno-Ocampo is tasked with bringing an end to impunity enjoyed by leaders who engage in rape, murder, genocide and other acts of aggression. As such, plenty of controversy follows the court. The documentary is directed by Torontonian Barry Stevens, who followed Moreno-Ocampo to The Hague, the Democratic Republic of Congo and into the prosecutor’s own home to create a compelling glimpse into one of the world’s toughest gigs. Moreno-Ocampo is charming and affable, but takes a no-bullshit approach to his role. Stevens captures powerful scenes from across war-ridden territories, and doesn’t shy away from pushing the Prosecutor to answer tough questions about the role of the ICC. I loved that he managed to mix plenty of humour and humanity in with devastating testimony from victims and cold hard facts about the terror-mongers who lead child soldiers into unspeakable acts. Following the screening, Stevens joined Moreno-Ocampo and Canadian diplomat Stephen Lewis onstage to answer questions from the audience: and there were plenty of tough questions there as well. ScribbleLive donated the software and I donated my time to liveblog the conversation, giving me the opportunity to meet Moreno-Ocampo in person — which should come in handy should I ever be accused of genocide.


About Dana Lacey

Freelance writer, editor and photographer
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