Since it's award-winning debut at South by Southwest, Rebecca Richman-Cohen's War Don Don has truly been a film to be contended with. Today, it was announced that, in connection with the 2010 Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Cinereach presented its annual Cinereach Award to Rebecca Richman Cohen for her work as Director/Producer of War Don Don. The award, which includes a $5,000 prize, recognizes excellence in artful, vital storytelling.
In the film, Issa Sesay is tried in the "Special Court” of Sierra Leone, accused of committing war crimes during the country’s recent civil war. With unprecedented access to prosecutors, defense attorneys, victims, and, from behind bars, Sesay himself — War Don Don puts international justice on trial, finding that in some cases the past is not just painful, it is also opaque.
“War Don Don unravels the complexities of the international justice system, while weaving a gripping and dynamic story,” said Cinereach Creative Director Michael Raisler. “We’re thrilled that the film is part of this year’s program and can’t imagine a more exciting context for audiences to experience it.”
War Don Don went through the IFP Filmmaker Labs and Independent Film Week's Spotlight on Documentaries in 2008. (for those of you slackers out there, get your doc applications in today! it's the final deadline).
John Biaggi, Director of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, adds “It’s rewarding to see these two strong forces in the film world linking up - War Don Don, which is one of the year’s finest documentaries and delivers on many levels, and Cinereach, a vibrant, highly engaged organization.”
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival New York takes place from June 10-24. War Don Don will screen, with Rebecca Richman Cohen in attendance, at the Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center on:
June 12, 2010, 6:45PM *including panel discussion with co-council to Issa Sesay and others
June 13, 2010, 2:00PM
June 16, 2010, 4:00PM
For tickets click here.