Lecture summary: In the past ten years or so, several documentaries on international criminal justice have been produced, shown at film festivals, and used for advocacy and educational purposes. On some occasions, artists, humanitarian organizations, and the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC have worked closely together in the production of documentary films. Documentaries have thus become important tools for education and the spread of imageries of international criminal justice. In this presentation I critically examine some recent cinematic representations of international criminal law. I focus on a family of four recent influential documentaries related to the International Criminal Court: The Reckoning, The Court, Prosecutor, and Watchers of the Sky. All four use similar modes of representation, narration and promotion and basically communicate the same message about the Court. My article critically analyses how such artistic interventions have helped creating specific images, stories, and sentiments.
Wouter Werner is professor public international law at the Centre for the Politics of Transnational Law at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Earlier this year, he was jury member for the camera justitia award at Movies that Matter Film Festival in the Hague. Wouter Werner is currently working on a book project on practices of repetition, rehearsal and representation in international law.
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