Justice and the Generals
Wednesday, June 22, 6:30 PM
Little Roxie, 3117 16th Street in SF
Tickets Available at the Door
Two hours CLE credit for California attorneys.
This is a film that traces the search for truth, justice and accountability for horrible human rights crimes committed during the Civil War in El Salvador in the 1980s. In January of 1980 four American churchwomen were brutally raped and murdered in El Salvador. For twenty years their families sought information and justice from both the governments of El Salvador and the United States. Eventually their quest led to a Florida courtroom in a civil trial against two former Salvadoran Generals who had led the military during the civil war and then retired to Florida. Command responsibility was the major legal principle. The churchwomen’s case and another brought by several Salvadoran survivors of torture are part of a new global movement of human rights laws reaching across borders.
JUSTICE & THE GENERALS offers unique insight into a new chapter in international human rights law, an important step forward in te campaign to bring military commanders to justice for crimes committed within their ranks. At the same time, as it follows effort to hold human rights abusers accountable, the film also maps the confusion, barbarism and ultimately, the tragic heart of a conflict whose wounds, decades later, are far from healed. This is a story about the very long arc toward justice.
“It is incredibly encouraging to see a film that accurately depicts so many of the issues involved in securing justice and accountability, whether at a state, regional or international level.”—Dr. Kelly Dawn Askin, Director of the International Criminal Justice Institute, Washington, D.C.
“It is a complex story, elegantly conveyed through the lives of people closely connected to the facts of the case. It is particularly strong in highlighting the strengths — and weaknesses of using courts to redress the massive violations of rights that occur in repressive regimes. The film invites discussion at a dozen levels.” —Professor Peter Rosenblum, Harvard Law School Human Rights Program
About the director
Gail Pellett is a writer, director, and producer of award-winning TV and radio documentaries. Her work has appeared on PBS, NPR, NBC, CBC and Pacifica Radio. Her awards include a DuPont-Columbia Gold Baton; two George Foster Peabody’s; a Cine Golden Eagle; National Education Film & Video Gold, Bronze, and Silver awards; and five National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Emmy Nominations. Her articles have appeared in the Washington Post Magazine, Mother Jones and the Village Voice, as well as in webzines—Moyers Media, Truthout, Common Dreams, 3 Quarks Daily and the Pan-Asia Photography Review. Her new book, Forbidden Fruit—1980 Beijing, a Memoir is published by Van Dam. She is currently on a U.S. and Canada book tour.
Endorsed by Bay Area chapter of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), Bay Area Latin American Solidarity Coalition, and SOAWatch San Francisco SOAW National Council.