Screening: Justice for Sale + Q&A


Friday 8 February 2013, 7:00 PM

Followed by a Q&A with director Femke van Velzen moderated by Sandra Whipham from BRITDOC.

Congolese human rights lawyer Claudine Tsongo investigates the case of Masamba, a soldier convicted of rape. She discovers that his trial was corrupt and unfair. In her journey to obtain justice, she uncovers a system where the basic principles of law are virtually ignored.

Questions are raised about the role of the international community and non-governmental organisations within the Congolese judicial system. Does their financial support cause justice to be for sale?

Justice for Sale is the third film by filmmakers Ilse van Velzen and Femke van Velzen covering different aspects of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Fighting the Silence (2010) explores the consequences for rape victims and in Weapon of War (2009) military perpetrators talk about rape as a war crime.

Justice for Sale text

Directed by Ilse van Velzen and Femke van Velzen
Duration: 60′
Year: 2011

Ilse Femke van VelzenThe twin sisters Ilse and Femke van Velzen are internationally recognized, award-winning filmmakers. Through The Mobile Cinema they reach out to local communities by bringing back their films as educational tools to lift people out of inequality and violence.