Film at 11 in association with a_BAHN presents "The Uncondemned"

In 1997, a mismatched group of underdog lawyers went after rape as an international war crime for the first time. This is the story of their fight for the first conviction--and of the three heroic Rwandan women who risked a wave of witness assassinations to testify.

Co-directors Nick Louvel and Michele Mitchell during principal photography for "The Uncondemned.

Co-directors Nick Louvel and Michele Mitchell during principal photography for "The Uncondemned.

It was the first international tribunal since Nuremberg, and it was going badly. Under-funded, under-staffed and overwhelmed, the (very) young men and women of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda found themselves inexplicably in charge of the first genocide case in history. Despite the best efforts of dogged young activists, the prosecution was not going after rape as a war crime – until they were down to their third-to-last witness. And what she said the night before she testified changed the course of the case, and of history. Secret memos, witness assassinations, demands of redemption--the disparate crew of underdogs from the U.S., Canada, Europe and Africa improvised international justice. But it was three remarkable rural Rwandan women who would step forward to change the world. Witness JJ, OO and NN risked everything to try to make something good come out of something so terrible. 

Shot in Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, the Netherlands and the US, this film marks the first time that the witnesses have publicly broken their code names and come forward.