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The Uncondemned

Rated NR 81 minutes 2016

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For all the bloody history of the 20th century, and even with great strides toward concepts of international justice such as the Nuremberg trials, no one had ever been tried for, let alone convicted of, genocide or wartime rape. An idealistic group of young lawyers, activists and journalists wanted to change that after 1994 Tutsi genocide and mass rapes in Rwanda. The Uncondemned is a retelling of how those women and men—black and white, Americans and Europeans and Rwandans—succeeded. With minimal practical resources and facing sensitive difficulties of getting rape victims to speak about their experiences, they mounted an impossible trial against the mayor of a small Rwandan town for inciting murder and rape to serve political ends. The film does not shy away from the horrors of 1994 Rwanda, but it does find reasons for optimism, too, as in how the rape survivors found healing in the prosecution. This is not just a movie about terrible crimes but about the ways we cope with those crimes, as victims, as those helping victims, and as a society. This is about law and civilization triumphing over cruelty and war.

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Official Site: www.theuncondemned.com/#the-film

Director: Michele Mitchell and Nick Louvel

Cast: Pierre-Richard Prosper and Sara Darehshori

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