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  • Director

    Leslie Thomas

  • Run Time

    87 mins

  • Release Year

    2018

  • Country of Origin

    USA

  • Certificate

    15

  • Language

    English; Spanish; French; Bosnian; Swahili

  • Format

    Digital

The Prosecutors

Part of the Take One Action Film Festival Season

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Often considered collateral damage instead of a war crime, sexual violence has, for centuries, been instrumentalised to control and terrorise entire communities in conflict zones. Can we end the use of this insidious tool of war, and how effective are legal frameworks in prosecuting culprits?

Filmed over five years, The Prosecutors follows three lawyers’ fight to end impunity for sexual violence committed at times of war. Through personal testimonies and footage of courtroom proceedings, the film documents specific cases in the DRC, Colombia, and Bosnia Herzegovina. It explores, with respect and determination, what it takes for victims to obtain justice for crimes of sexual violence in conflict – whether committed by uniformed soldiers, paramilitary units, or a neighbour.

The Prosecutors celebrates the bravery of those who come forward, while demanding a wider framework of accountability.

Presented in partnership with Engender.

Join us after the film to explore the work being done at an international level to establish a legal framework for the prosecution of crimes of sexual violence in conflict – and the key role played by women in campaigning and legislating for change. We will be joined by Olaoluwa Abagun (Founder & Executive Director, Girl Pride Circle Initiative) and representatives from Scotland’s women’s sector working for feminist justice systems.



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