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NZIFF - E-Team


Wed 13 Aug 2014, 4:15pm
Fri 22 Aug 2014, 6:30pm

Where: Hoyts Northlands, Northlands Shopping Centre, Main North Rd, Papanui, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: Eventorganiser

When atrocities are committed in countries held hostage by ruthless dictators, Human Rights Watch sends in the E-Team, a collection of brave individuals who document war crimes and report them to the rest of the world.

Much of what we know about crimes against humanity is due to the on-the-ground investigative work of the Human Rights Watch Emergencies Team. This inspiring account of self-effacing heroism provides engagingly personal encounters with four E-Team operatives – and with some of the firsthand witnesses whose testimony they take such risks to document. The formidable Russian Anna Neistat and the laid-back Norwegian Ole Solvang are investigators who met when detained in Georgia in 2008 and eventually married. The laconic Peter Bouckaert is well known for his vast forensic knowledge of weaponry. And founding member Fred Abrahams is a droll New Yorker; his courtroom testimony against Slobodan Miloševic is one of the film’s most galvanising sequences. In the film’s present tense we join their forays into Libya and Syria. Without significant strategic support, they are amazingly offhand about the dangers staring them in the face. Seeing Neistat at home in Paris is perhaps just as telling. She’s fixing dinner for Ole and her teenage son, all the while on and off the phone as she orchestrates a Moscow press conference to denounce Putin’s stance on Syria.

“Chevigny and Kauffman, like their intrepid subjects, risk their lives to expose crimes committed by some of the world’s cruelest despots.”- Sundance Film Festival

Also screening: Oli Missen 2013 (5 minutes, Director Guy Ryan) The story of a young boy from Whakatane who went from being the shyest kid in his class to speaking out in order to bring awareness of extreme poverty to New Zealand students. Screening with E-Team

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