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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Judy Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 66 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2006
Available in French: No

This is the first film about a crucial new commitment to the International Rule of Law - so victims will no long suffer without being heard, and war criminals will be punished.

Sixty years ago, with the Nuremberg charter, the world first said 'Never Again'. But these proved empty words for the victims of the Cold War years. The Superpowers couldn't agree on a universal code to punish war criminals. Tyrants ruled with impunity. So the voices of their victims have echoed down through the decades, refusing to be silent, even in death. Joined by relatives who are unable to move on, until they know how their loved ones died.

Different languages from different places, but with the same universal theme - begging to be delivered from the torment of living somewhere between life and death. Telling us that they will be able, finally, to rest, when we find out how they died. Insisting we listen. It is because of these voices that International Justice has been reborn.

In 2002 the International Criminal Court was established in The Hague. So far 100 countries have signed on to the Court's mandate. However, the world's remaining superpower, the United States is strongly opposed. The new Court is already busy. It is investigating Crimes against Humanity in Darfur. It has issued indictments against leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army in Northern Uganda who abduct children and force them to fight. And a militia leader from The Democratic Republic of the Congo faces charges of recruiting children as young as 8 to fight for him.

For the first time war criminals are being forced to listen. The victims' voices now haunt them, telling them they will not be silent until justice is done.

“it manages to bring those terrible events to life through carefully managed witness interviews, well-chosen archival footage and a haunting, evocative musical score...this isn't one of those quickie skim jobs but a thoughtful, well-researched look at a thorny, often complex subject.”
- Alex Strachan, Canwest

“unravels the politics and the personalities at the forefront of a renewed search of international justice, but it is the individual stories of war victims that resonate and drive the documentary.......should be required viewing for the powerful holdouts in the White House who are cutting off aid to countries that support the ICC.”
- Henrietta Walmark, The Globe and Mail