Justice for Sale
JUSTICE FOR SALE follows Claudine, a young and courageous human rights lawyer, in her struggle against judicial injustice in Congo.
Claudine investigates the case of Masamba, a soldier convicted of rape, and discovers that his trial was corrupt and unfair. He was jailed without any concrete evidence. In Claudine’s journey to obtain justice, she uncovers a system where the basic principles of law are virtually ignored. Masamba’s trial also raises questions about the financial support that the international NGOs offer to the Congolese judicial system. Is it creating a justice that is for sale? If so, who pays the price?
83’ / video / colour
Original title: JUSTICE FOR SALE
Dir: Ilse van Velzen & Femke van Velzen
Prod: IFproductions Sc: Ilse van Velzen, Femke van Velzen
D.O.P.: Rogier Timmermans
Completed: November 2011
Language: French/Swahili/Lingala (English subtitles)
Ilse van Velzen & Femke van Velzen: WEAPON OF WAR (2009, short doc) Awards: a.o. Golden Calf Best Short Doc Netherlands FF, Amnesty International Award Planet Doc Review (Poland), FIGHTING SILENCE (2007, doc) Awards: a.o. Jury Award Al Jazeera Int. FF, Best Doc Docupolis Barcelona, RETURN TO ANGOLA (2004, doc), BUSH KIDS (2002, short doc).
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