Dicta­tors with scores of victims to answer for often remain unpun­ished. With heart and soul, human rights lawyer Reed Brody fights this situ­a­tion. Will he succeed in bringing African dictator Habré from Chad to trial?
If you kill someone, you go to prison, whereas dicta­tors with thou­sands of victims to answer for can often live freely in the lap of luxury. Inde­fati­gably, human rights lawyer Reed Brody of Human Rights Watch fights this rank injus­tice. He previ­ously played an impor­tant role in the process against the Chilean dictator Pinochet. The Dictator Hunter follows his hunt for Pinochet’s African coun­ter­part: Hissène Habré, from 1984 to 1990 pres­i­dent of Chad. For seven years now, Brody has been supporting a group of victims’ rela­tives who want to bring Habré to trial. The lawyer serves a higher purpose: inter­na­tional law. He is prepared to sacri­fice a lot for this, even privately. Director Klaartje Quir­ijns follows him to Africa, Europe and the US. A crucial event is a meeting of the African Union. If the leaders, including equally contro­ver­sial men like Mugabe and Khadafi, decide to pros­e­cute Habré, this class of tyrants can no longer do what­ever they please unpunished.

Credits

Executive producer
Set geluid
Production company
Pieter van Huystee Film & TV
TV company
IKON
Distributor NL
Pieter van Huystee Film & TV
Cinema Delicatessen

Title: The Dictator Hunter
Year: 2007
Duration : 1 hour, 14 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2008

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