Justice for Sale
Netherlands/Congo | 2011 | 84 minutes | Color | DVD | French/Swahili/Lingala | Subtitled | Order No. 121078
This is the third documentary in Dutch filmmakers Ilse and Femke van Velzen’s trilogy about the Congo, following FIGHTING THE SILENCE, about the consequences for victims of sexual violence and WEAPON OF WAR, confessions by those who perpetrated the acts. These films are essential viewing for anyone interested in the issues facing contemporary Africa.
"...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
- Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
- Sarasota Film Festival
- Seattle International Film Festival
- St. John's International Women's Film Festival
- International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Dutch Premiere
- Urbanworld Filim Festival
- Montreal Black Film Festival
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)