English and French/German/Russian/Arabic with English subtitles, 2013, 88 minutes, color, U.S.A.
Cinematography Award: U. S. Documentary
When atrocities are committed in countries held hostage by ruthless dictators, Human Rights Watch sends in the E-Team (Emergencies Team), a collection of fiercely intelligent individuals hired to document war crimes and report them to the rest of the world. Within this volatile climate, filmmakers Ross Kauffman (Born into Brothels) and Katy Chevigny (Election Day, Deadline) take us to the frontline in Syria and Libya, where shrapnel, bullet holes, and unmarked graves provide mounting evidence of coordinated attacks conducted by Bashar al-Assad and the now-deceased Muammar Gaddafi. The crimes are rampant, random, and often undocumented, making E-Team’s effort to get information out of the country and into the hands of media outlets and criminal courts all the more necessary.
In this breathtakingly documented film, Chevigny and Kauffman, like their intrepid subjects, risk their lives to expose crimes committed by some of the world’s cruelest despots.
Directors: Katy Chevigny, Ross Kauffman
Producer: Marilyn Ness
Co-producers: Katy Chevigny, Ross Kauffman
Editor: David Teague
Director of Photography: Ross Kauffman
Cinematographers: Rachel Beth Anderson, Ross Kauffman
Music: T. Griffin