Compelling….a piece of history.
— CBC As It Happens



A film by Barry Stevens

2010 • 90 min

The world’s first permanent International Criminal Court is making headlines – issuing an arrest warrant for a sitting head of state for war crimes, Sudanese President Al-Bashir. Behind the charges: the court’s controversial Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo. Our cameras follow the Prosecutor in New York as he defends the warrant at the UN Security Council; in The Hague, as he opens the Court’s first trial of alleged Congolese war criminal Thomas Lubanga; and in the Congo as he meets citizens affected by the trial. Critics say Moreno-Ocampo’s justice threatens peace. Champions of justice criticize his weaknesses. The Prosecutor must keep one step ahead of them all.

Based in part on the book “The Sun Climbs Slow: The International Criminal Court And the Struggle for Justice” By Erna Paris

Produced by White Pine Pictures in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada.
In association with TVOntario, SRCand The Knowledge Network with the participation of Rogers Documentary Fund and the Canada Media Fund.

Courage is the word that first comes to mind when viewing this important film. Not only the courage of Luis Moreno Ocampo, the extraordinary lawyer at its center, the heart and soul of the International Criminal Court. But also the courage of the film-maker, who has valiantly refused to simplify one of the most complex, painful and relevant issues of our time: how to bring to justice the powerful of this planet who have committed crimes against humanity?
“Powerful film-making that pulls few punches. Both the ICC and its first prosecutor are controversial and complex. Both have many obvious strengths and possibly fatal flaws. To a real extent, the future of international justice are in their hands. “Prosecutor” asks all the tough questions and raises all the big issues. This is a documentary for a thinking audience.
— Dr. Gerald Caplan