HerStory Institute screening: “Justice For Sale”

August 23, 2014 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Watkins Theater

In partnership with Watkins Community Education, the HerStory Institute presents a summer cinema series of films highlighting the writing, producing, directing, cinematography, production design and editing in films created by women. The series will screen a range of features, shorts and documentary films including but not limited to independent and foreign films, classics and festival favorites. In addition, the HerStory Institute will deliver monthly panels and/or workshops for film aficionados who desire a deeper understanding of the art and craft of film. HerStory Institute is supported by Her Point of View, an international arts and entertainment festival supporting the creative work of women.

“Justice For Sale” follows the young, courageous Congolese human rights lawyer Claudine Tsongo who refuses to accept that justice is indeed “For Sale” in her country. When she investigates the case of a soldier convicted of rape, she becomes convinced his trial was unfair and uncovers a system where the basic principles of law are ignored—and when the system fails, everyone becomes a victim. The DOC not only provides a glimpse into the failings of the Congolese judicial system but also raises questions about the role of the international community and non-governmental organizations in reforming it. Does their financial support cause justice to be for sale? And who pays the price?  This is the third DOC in Dutch filmmakers Ilse and Femke van Velzen’s trilogy about the Congo, following “Fighting the Silence,” about the consequences for victims of sexual violence, and “Weapon of War,” confessions by those who perpetrated the acts. These films are essential viewing for anyone interested in the issues facing contemporary Africa.

84 min. 2011. With subtitles.