The UMass departments of history, women, gender and sexuality studies, legal studies, and the Men and Masculinities Center, Coalition to End Rape Culture, Counseling and Rape Crisis Programs of the Center for Women and Community, Pre Law Advising Office, Five College Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Certificate Program present "The Uncondemned."
"The Uncondemned" is a riveting documentary about an underdog group of lawyers and activists who defied the odds to do what had never been done: prosecute rape as an international war crime. In 1997, the young men and women at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda found themselves inexplicably in charge of the first case of genocide in history. Underfunded, understaffed and overwhelmed, they faced incredible hurdles as they pursued their first case against a small town mayor. Crimes of war and against humanity had not been prosecuted since 1946, and surviving witnesses feared for their lives. And then, based on a last minute revelation, the prosecuting team amended the charge to include rape. Three heroic women would overcome their fears and shame to speak for all those who could not. Secret memos, witness assassinations, setbacks and barriers. "The Uncondemned" captures the untold, remarkable story that changed the course of international judicial history. A discussion will follow.
Content Warning: This film contains graphic audio and visual material that some viewers may find disturbing, including but not limited to rape, sexual violence, physical violence, death and genocide. Viewer discretion is advised.