SCREENING: Bringing Assad to Justice
Date(s) - 04/26/2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
La Maison Française
About this event
This documentary is presented by the Embassy of France, in partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Atlantic Council.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with:
– Beth Van Schaack, Ambassador-at-large for Global Criminal Justice, US Department of State ;
– Omar Alshogre, Syrian Human rights activist, detention and torture survivor ;
– Ronan Tynan, Filmmaker, Director of the documentary “Bringing Assad to Justice”
The panel will be moderated by Paul Hayes, director of Debate at George Washington University.
April 26 – Bringing Assad to Justice, 110 mins, directed by Anne Daly and Ronan Tynan
Never in history has more evidence, and at great risk, been gathered against any regime for war crimes and crimes against humanity than that of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Almost like a thriller equally unprecedented efforts have been made to stop any attempt to secure justice and accountability while Syrians, many of whom themselves have been tortured and imprisoned by the regime, like human rights lawyers Mazen Darwish and Anwar al-Bunni, have sought to overcome the impossible and are making history in their bid to ensure that Assad and all of those responsible for these crimes will be brought to justice.
Already European countries, through these efforts, have issued international arrest warrants against regime leaders for crimes against humanity – an unprecedented use of universal jurisdiction which allows crimes to be tried outside the country where they are committed – and the city of Koblenz, witnessed the first trial of Assad regime security officers charged with crimes against humanity. But these efforts extend beyond Europe to the United States. Evidence gathered against the regime by this remarkable movement also helped the family of the late Marie Colvin, the renowned reporter killed in Baba’Amr in Homs by the regime, succeed in proving in the American courts that she was murdered by the regime alongside with French photographer Rémi Ochlik.
“Bringing Assad to Justice. It is a heart-rendingly detailed account of attempts by Syrians to hold Bashar al-Assad and his cronies to account. It is not in the headlines, and that is the point. It’s a clarion reminder of the purpose of journalism — and why it matters.”
Alec Russell, Weekend Editor, Financial Times
This event is organized by the Institut Français USA – Villa Albertine and the Resources USA Foundation. Resources USA Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization promoting collaboration between the US and France to encourage Innovation in Science, Technology, Culture & Higher Education. Our organization is able to continue its mission because of your support and generosity to our events at Maison Française, whether it’s a one-time gift, a monthly contribution or part of a matching gifts program. Please contact us for donations exceeding 250$.
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Please note that proof of vaccination (2 doses in accordance with D.C. regulation) will be required as well as an ID to enter the French Embassy grounds. Masks are required throughout the screening. Due to strict security measures, please arrive on time, and allow extra time for security screening.