Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  52 minutes
Date:  2011
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English; French
Grade level: 8-12, COLLEGE, ADULT
Color/BW:  Color
Closed captioning available
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At the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo investigates and prosecutes accused war criminals, worldwide.


Luis Moreno-Ocampo has one of the toughest jobs in the world. He's the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the world's first permanent court to try individuals for massive crimes like genocide. To victims of atrocities, he's a hero. To his critics from the Right and the Left, he's threatening stability and peace. The world's most powerful nations, including the United States, refuse to join the Court.

A fascinating story with extraordinary behind-the-scenes access, PROSECUTOR follows every move of this flawed yet charismatic champion of human rights as the ICC begins its very first trials. Moreno-Ocampo travels to the world's most violent countries to investigate and prosecute those accused of brutal crimes against humanity. Not shy of controversy, the prosecutor boldly issues a warrant for the arrest of a sitting head of state. But with no police force of his own, Moreno-Ocampo must rely on nation-states to enforce his law.

PROSECUTOR offers front-row seats to the historic events that will determine whether the ICC is a groundbreaking new weapon for global justice or just an idealistic, powerless dream.

This DVD includes two versions of the film: 94 minute version with chapter stops 52 minute version with closed captions

'Highly Recommended. The full version of the film includes insights from various prosecutors in the office of the ICC-including a young man who, frustrated with the lack of progress at the ICC, leaves to join the UN in enforcement-actually removing child soldiers from danger. All of these additional voices add dimension to the documentary. The 52 minute version is an interesting introduction to the concepts of the longer film and works as a much more tightly structured story of the Chief Prosecutor himself but loses some of the intricate questions raised about the ICC by the longer version. ...Prosecutor is an insightful film that raises numerous questions about concepts of justice, National identity, systems, politics and the law, lessons learned from Nuremburg and so many other complex philosophical, bureaucratic and practical questions while never losing sight of the humanity of the people at the heart of the story. Stevens includes a shot of Moreno-Ocampo in his home with stacks of Law and Order DVDs in the foreground, a humorous nod amidst the incredibly gravity of the subjects presented in the film. He depicts the human struggle to punish and hopefully prevent future incidents of violence that are 'not acts of war but crimes against humanity itself.' -Educational Media Reviews Online

'Powerful filmmaking! PROSECUTOR asks all the tough questions and raises all the big issues. This is a documentary for a thinking audience.' -Dr. Gerald Caplan (Author, Rwanda: The Preventable Genocide)

'A riveting inside look at the International Criminal Court.' -Michele Goodson Garrison, Documentary Magazine

'PROSECUTOR suceeds both as an introduction to the ICC and as a profile of the energetic, principled man who oversaw it's early efforts. Recommended.' -Video Librarian


** Official Selection, 2011 United Nations Association Film Festival
** Official Selection, 2011 Human Rights Documentary Film Series, ALBA - Museum of the City of New York
** Official Selection, 2011 Thessaloniki Film Festival
** Official Selection, 2011 International Dallas Film Festival
** Official Selection, 2011 DOXA Documentary Film Festival
** Official Selection, 2011 One World Human Rights Film Festival
** Official Selection, 2011 Durban International Film Festival
** Official Selection, 2011 Movies That Matter Festival


Main credits

Moreno Ocampo, Luis Gabriel (interviewee)
Dyilo, Thomas Lubanga (defendant)
Stevens, Barry (screenwriter)
Stevens, Barry (film director)
Stevens, Barry (narrator)
Bennett, Julia (film producer)
Raymont, Peter (film producer)
Marin, Lea (film producer)

Other credits

Director of photography, Brian Kelly, Mark Ellam; editor, Manfred Becker; music, Aaron Davis, John Lang.

Distributor credits

Barry Stevens
Produced by White Pine Pictures in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada

Docuseek2 subjects

Criminal Justice, Law and Legal Studies
Human Rights
Human Rights Law
International Relations and Geopolitics
International Law
Law and Legal Studies

Distributor subjects

Closed Captioned
Criminal Justice
Human Rights


Luis Moreno-Ocampo; International Criminal Court; The Hague; Hague; The Netherlands; Prosecutor; Justice; War crimes; Genocide; ICC; war; crimes; human rights; military junta; Nuremberg Trials; United Nations; Security Council; documentary; film; video; DVD; ; "Prosecutor"; Icarus Films;

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