Watchers of the Sky

 

Year: 2014
Country: USA, CHAD, RWANDA, NETHERLANDS
Run Time: 114 minutes

Before German lawyer Raphael Lemkin coined the word in the late 40s, the term “genocide” didn't exist. Of course the acts that it described did; but there was no way to properly explain them and no definition by which to punish those who committed them. It's crazy to think that a word could be so important. But as WATCHERS OF THE SKY reveals, it was a monumental moment for the cause. Lemkin, who lost 49 family members in the Holocaust, devoted his life to campaigning for international laws that would forbid genocide. Inspired by A Problem From Hell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by journalist Samantha Powers, this gripping film explores the critical work of the late Lemkin, as well as four modern day activists who continue his crusade against violence and hate. While the atrocities of Hitler may be in the past, the evil that fueled him is still very much alive, as evidenced by the recent situation in Syria. Edet Belzberg's inspiring documentary is a powerful reminder that the fight for human rights is an ongoing battle. (In Zaghawan, Spanish, and French with subtitles) —E.F.

CIFF Screenings

Monday, March 24, 2014 at 2:50 PM
This screening is on Stand By.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Sidebars
Jewish and Israeli Visions
Pan-African Images
Standing Up Films

Genres
Documentary Features
Recommended for High School +

Competitions
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Director
Edet Belzberg

Producers
Edet Belzberg, Amelia Green-Dove, Kerry Propper

Cinematography
Sam Cullman, Mai Iskander, Jerry Risius, Nelson Walker III

Editing
Jenny Golden, Karen K. H. Sim

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Director Bio
Edet Belzberg is a documentary filmmaker from Los Angeles. In 1997, she received an M.A. from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. She was nominated for an Academy Award® for "Children Underground" in 2002.

Select Filmography
"Children Underground" (2001—25th CIFF, "Gymnast" (2005), "The Recruiter" (2008), WATCHERS OF THE SKY (2014)

Print Source

Propeller Films

a.greendove@propellerfilms.com

www.watchersofthesky.com

Community Partner

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

Cleveland One World Festival

Akron International Friendship

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