본문 바로가기 메뉴 바로가기

4th DMZ Docs(2012)

I AM DOCU



Justice for Sale

Femke VAN VELZEN, Ilse VAN VELZEN

  • Netherlands
  • 2011
  • 83min
  • DigiBeta
  • color

Synopsis

Justice for Sale follows Claudine, a young and courageous human rights lawyer, in her struggle against injustice and widespread impunity in Congo. She investigates the case of Masamba, a soldier who was convicted of rape, and discovers that his trial was corrupt and unfair. He was jailed without any concrete evidence. In Claudine’s journey to obtain justice, she uncovers a system where the basic principles of law are virtually ignored. Masamba’s trial also raises questions about the financial support that the international community and NGOs offer to the Congolese judicial system. Is it creating a justice that’s for sale? And if so, who pays the price? Despite the seriousness and scale of rape crimes that are committed in the Congo, hardly anybody is held responsible for them. Widespread impunity is caused by the poor functioning of the Congolese national justice system. As a consequence, survivors of rape are seldom able to get their rapists behind bars. Those who do end up in prison are usually poor and sometimes even innocent because the rights of suspects are rarely respected. Justice for Sale is the third documentary in Ilse and Femke van Velzen’s trilogy about the Congo, after making Fighting the Silence and Weapon of War.

Review

Director

  • Femke VAN VELZEN, Ilse VAN VELZEN

    Identical twin sisters Velzen were born in 1980 and studied Cultural and Social Development and they decided to make the documentary Bush Kids in South Africa, which exposed injustice in developing countries and gave oppressed people a voice. They also do all their own research, scripts and scenarios. An essential part of their work is to fight injustice by using the produced documentaries as sustainable educational projects.  Justice for Sale (2011) Weapon of War (2009) Fighting the Silence (2007) Bush Kids in South Africa (2002)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerFemke VAN VELZEN, Ilse VAN VELZEN
  • Cinematography Rogier TIMMERMANS
  • Editor Paul de HEER
  • Sound Femke VAN VELZEN

Production Company / Distributor / Sales

Production Company  IF Productions 

Distributor/Sales  Films Transit International 252 Gouin Boulevard East Montreal, Quebec, H3L 1A8 Canada

Tel  1 514 844 3358

E-mail  info@filmstransit.com​