EXCLUSIVE: “It felt as though we were dropped on Mars and our job was to make something happen.” Here is the trailer for The Uncondemned, a documentary about a group of international lawyers and activists who travel to Rwanda t0 take on the arduous task of prosecuting rape as a crime against humanity. Written by Michele Mitchel who also co-directed with Nick Louvel, the film centers on the group’s fight for the first conviction and the courageous Rwandan women who came forward to testify. A theatrical release is set for October 21.
A synopsis: 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.
Check out the trailer and the film’s official poster.