THE DICTATOR HUNTER

THE DICTATOR HUNTER

    Price: $310.00

    Code: 2331

    Directed by Klaartje Quirijns
    2007, 75 or 52 minutes
    Purchase: $310 | Classroom Rental: $125

    "If you kill one person, you go to jail. If you kill forty people, they put you in an insane asylum. If you kill forty thousand people, you get a comfortable exile with your bank account in another country, and that's what we want to change here." - Reed Brody

    Reed Brody, a lawyer with Human Rights Watch, hunts dictators for a living. For seven years, Brody has been chasing one ex-dictator in particular: Hissène Habré, the former leader of Chad, who is charged with killing thousands of his own countrymen in the 1980s. Habré now lives in Senegal, where Brody is attempting to have him brought to trial or extradited.

    In The Dictator Hunter, we follow Reed Brody over the course of two suspenseful years as he travels through Africa, Europe and the United States. We learn his strategy and observe his diplomacy as he meets with politicians, journalists and judges - and attempts to position each against his opponent: Habré.

    In tracking the legal drama, the documentary never loses sight of Chad's victims. We get to know Souleymane Guengueng, a political prisoner under Habré who fled Chad for exile in New York City, where he rebuilds his life with steadfast dignity. We see the personal bond between Guengueng and Brody, whose own Hungarian Jewish father survived several labor camps in Europe. The film is especially sensitive in its portrayal of the human side of larger political machinations.

    The Dictator Hunter is an eye-opening look inside the increasingly important sphere of international justice.

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    Festivals & Awards

    * Official Selection, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, 2008
    * Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival, 2007
    * Official Selection, Amsterdam Documentary Film Festival, 2007



    Reviews

    “Wonderfully suspenseful. Dictator Hunter reveals the hypocrisies, diplomatic maneuvers and personal sacrifices experienced by the good-humored Brody.” – The Globe and Mail

    “Highly recommended. This work has received global praise, and rightly so. It exhibits the resolve, frustration, heartbreak, and eventual satisfaction of this human rights crusader, all while demonstrating his sacrifices, strategies and tactics. Though one may rightly perceive this film to be an examination of the pursuit of dictators, it is also a lucid exploration of the national and international justice systems, the influence of the African Union, and, sadly, the influence of entrenched power. “ - Educational Media Reviews Online