Justice for Sale
Netherlands/Congo | 2011 | 84 minutes | Color | DVD | French/Swahili/Lingala | Subtitled | Order No. 121078
"...there is always something in their films that amazes me. In this one, there is a female lawyer, who is very well chosen. She makes a very cynical remark that as these trials are paid for by NGOs, they demand to see some measure of success. So now and then punishments are given just to satisfy the requirements of these NGOs - this was one scene that I thought was remarkable."
“Since the first film, the Congo’s rape record has captured the world’s attention and numerous international NGOs have set up local operations aimed at bringing rapists to justice. …[the film] looks set to prompt some interesting discussions”
“Highly recommended and absolutely necessary for all African studies programs.”
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- The International Film Festival in Burundi, Best Documentary
- Rwanda Film Festival, Silverback Award, Best Documentary
- St. John's International Women's Film Festival
- International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Dutch Premiere
- Urbanworld Filim Festival
Femke & Ilse van Velzen
Born in 1980, twin sisters Ilse and Femke van Velzen are a documentary filmmaking team that aim to expose cultural injustices. The two sisters each studied social and cultural development in Amsterdam and Utrecht. After graduating in 2002, they began their own production company IFPRODUCTIONS in March 2003. IFPRODUCTIONS gives the sisters the freedom to work as independent filmmakers and producers.
The sisters use their films as educational tools, and travel to developing countries to screen their films. These screenings help expose the inequality and violence to local communities in their current living conditions. The inspiration for the van Velzen sisters’ films is promoting human rights and women’s rights across the globe. (02/11)