Wednesday, February 24, 2010

War Don Don

Showing at SXSW: War Don Don, directed by Rebecca Richman Cohen

Synopsis from the film's website:

In the heart of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, United Nations soldiers guard a heavily fortified building known as the “special court.” Inside, Issa Sesay awaits his trial.

Prosecutors say Sesay is a war criminal, guilty of crimes against humanity. His defenders say he is a reluctant fighter who played a crucial role in bringing peace to the country.

War Don Don tells the story of a sensational trial with unprecedented access to prosecutors,
defense attorneys, victims and, from behind bars, Sesay himself.

In Krio, war don don means “the war is over,” and although today Sierra Leone is at peace, the
specter of war remains ever-present. Can the trial of one man uncover the truth of a traumatic
past? International justice is on trial for the world to see.

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