U.S. Documentary


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

About the Directors

Katy Chevigny is an award-winning filmmaker and partner at Big Mouth Productions. She directed Election Day, which premiered at SXSW in 2007 and was broadcast on P.O.V. in 2008. Chevigny codirected the Emmy Award–nominated film Deadline, which premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast on NBC to an audience of more than six million people. Her films have screened theatrically on HBO, P.O.V., and Arte/ZDF.

Ross Kauffman is the director, producer, cinematographer, and coeditor of Born into Brothels, winner of the 2005 Academy Award for best documentary and more than 40 other awards, including one for best documentary from the National Board of Review and the Sundance Film Festival 2004 documentary Audience Award. He also executive-produced In a Dream, shortlisted for the 2009 Academy Award for best documentary feature.


1/18/2014 12:00 pm
Egyptian Theatre, Park City
1/19/2014 9:00 pm
Sundance Resort Screening Room, Sundance Resort
1/21/2014 9:30 pm
Redstone Cinema 1, Park City
1/23/2014 9:45 pm
Broadway Centre Cinema 3, SLC
1/25/2014 2:30 pm
Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
1/26/2014 2:00 pm
Holiday Village Cinema 4, Park City