Cleveland International Film Festival } March 27 – April 7, 2019 } Tower City Cinemas

Watchers of the Sky


Year: 2014
Run Time: 114 minutes

Watchers of the Sky
Watchers of the Sky
Watchers of the Sky

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.

CIFF38 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Monday, March 24, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Jewish and Israeli Visions
Pan-African Images
Standing Up Films

Documentary Features
Recommended for High School +

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


Edet Belzberg

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 AwardŽ for "Children Underground" in 2002.

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

Edet Belzberg, Amelia Green-Dove, Kerry Propper

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

Jenny Golden, Karen K. H. Sim

Print Source

Community Partners

Global Ties Akron

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

Questions? >


Check out our FAQs for answers to common questions about entering the film festival.

Become A CIFF Member >

Become A CIFF Member

We have seven different levels of membership to choose from, so find the one that best fits your film appetite!

Sign up for our email newsletter

  • facebook
  • twitter
  • instagram
  • youtube
  • flickr
  • alexa
  • foursquare