Film screening: The Uncondemned (UN Headquarters, 19 October 2016)
THE UNCONDEMNED -- a Michele Mitchell/Nick Louvel film (2016) -- is a riveting documentary about a group of young lawyers and activists who defied the odds to do what had never been done: prosecute rape as an act of genocide before an international court, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. This is the story of their relentless fight for that landmark conviction, revealing for the first time the three Rwandan women who bravely came forward to testify despite the danger. THE UNCONDEMNED captures the remarkable story of determination, resilience and courage that forever changed the course of international judicial history and gave birth to hope and justice for all victims of genocide and sexual violence in conflict.
The screening was followed by a panel discussion with the co-director of the film, the leading trial lawyer in the Akayesu case, two Rwandan genocide survivors featured in the film, the founder of the Free Yezidi Foundation, and a Yezidi survivor of ISIL (Da'esh) atrocities in Iraq.
(Organized by the Permanent Mission of Rwanda to the United Nations and the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Public Information)