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The International Criminal Court

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The International Criminal Court

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“big-buck Hollywood legal thriller with an A-list cast“

The Star

“Highly explosive political documentary“

Programmkino

“A documentary like a Hollywood courtroom drama“

The Economist

The Film

A documentary about international justice

With a charismatic, hard-driving prosecutor for a lead, working to put a war criminal behind bars for recruiting child soldiers in a civil war and a plot spanning The Hague, Palestine, Libya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo … one might think The Court is another big-buck Hollywood legal thriller with an A-list cast. However, this film directed by Marcus Vetter and Michele Gentile is actually a documentary – starring Luis Moreno Ocampo, the first Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) or more specifically, his role in the trial of Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) founder Thomas Lubanga Dyilo – work which led to Lubanga’s 14-year jail sentence for the use of child soldiers.

This trial acts as a backdrop to The Court, showcasing Ocampo’s efforts to prosecute Lubanga while juxtaposing the relative sterility of the Lubanga trial in the Hague with the chaos taking place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – showing scenes of children, some under ten being taken away and beaten up by soldiers linked to Lubanga. The Court also shows the limitations of the ICC, with another undercurrent of the film being the repeated calls asking Ocampo to intervene and prosecute the Israelis for war crimes – and Ocampo’s inability to do so due to a lack of jurisdiction – for as he explains to a journalist in one scene, he has no jurisdiction to even contemplate thinking of prosecuting Israel, as it is not a signatory to the Rome Statute, which gives the ICC its powers.

Only 122 nations have signed the Rome Statute – and these 122 nations are the limit to the ICC’s jurisdiction, unless the United Nations Security Council refers the case to the ICC.

“In this international criminal court the child soldiers will not be invisible.“

Luis Moreno Ocampo, former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague

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“Without courage to live your dream you cannot overcome the evil reality.“

Ben Ferencz, the former chief prosecutor of the Nuremberg Nazi trials

Press & Reviews

Ready for its close-up

A new documentary considers the trials and travails of the International Criminal Court at The Hague

“…a fascinating documentary about the pioneering work of the first world court… a heart-warming story worthy of Hollywood.”

The Economist, 24 Juni, 2013

The Court

A documentary about international justice

“With a charismatic, hard-driving prosecutor for a lead, working to put a war criminal behind bars for recruiting child soldiers in a civil war and a plot spanning The Hague, Palestine, Libya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo…”

The Star, 12. Dezember 2013 by Tan Yi Liang

Highly explosive political documentary

with prominent star support

“A hard-hitting and sobering sobering film that brings you closer to the complex network of international criminal laws in an exciting way, but does not avoid scenes of explicit violence.”

Programmkino by David Siems

Like a feature film

The work of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague seems like a judicial thriller

“The work of the Court could not be more appalling: terrible war crimes are brought to justice here. The film team accompanies the ICC, which opened in 2002, in the preparation and implementation of the first process.”

Kultur Extra, 2. Mai 2013

The International Criminal Court

At the court of justice

“The International Criminal Court is one of the most important civilization institutions in the world. Now a film team has made a documentary about him.”

Die Zeit, 29. April 2013 by Steffen Richter

“Angelina Jolie was surprised by our camera”

Interview with Marcus Vetter about his new film

“Ocampo would never influence the reporting of journalists or filmmakers, it would be completely outside of him. At most, he would have reserved a veto on security-related matters, but there were none.”

Stuttgarter Nachrichten, 4. Mai 2013 by Dieter Osswald

“We asked this court to confirm by international action, mens right to life in peace and dignity..“

Ben Ferencz at the Nuremberg Nazi trials

Behind the Scenes

Credits

A produktion of Filmperspektive in Co-production with SWR

Year of production2012
Lenght88 Minutes
FormatHD/DCP/Dolby Digital
A production ofFILMPERSPEKTIVE GmbH
In coproduction withSWR, NDR, ARTE
Directed & edited byMarcus Vetter
Michele Gentile
ProducersMarcus Vetter
Anne Walser (C-Films)
Director of photographyChristian Haardt
Michele Gentile
SoundAljoscha Haupt
MusicSven Kaiser
Executive ProducerAlbert Kitzler
Commissioning editorsGudrun Hanke El Gomri (SWR)
Barbara Biemann (NDR)
Christian Cools (Arte)
DistributionBukera Pictures