In 1997, a group of young international lawyers and activists prosecuted rape as an international war crime in the first case of genocide in history. The International Criminal Trial for Rwanda (the ICTR) was established by the United Nations in 1994 in order to judge the people responsible for the Rwandan Genocide where an estimated 1,000,000 Tutsi people were slaughtered at the hands of the Hutu majority. The new documentary “The Uncondemned” tracks the trial of Jean-Paul Akayesu, and how a group of underdog lawyers and three brave women helped establish the precedent that genocidal rape falls under genocide. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
The film is co-directed by Michele Mitchell, a longtime investigative journalist and author who has covered politics for outlets such as PBS and CNN Headline News. A leading expert on the topic of rape and war crimes, she was a featured speaker at the Global Citizen Symposium in New York in September. Last year, she conducted a TEDTalk, “What’s Rape’s Brand?” She previously directed the documentary “Haiti: Where Did the Money Go.”
“The Uncondemned” will open in New York on Friday, October 21 from Abramorama, followed by subsequent releases in Los Angeles, Washington D.C, Atlanta, Utah, and more.