Original Film Title: Bringing Assad To Justice
Director’s Name: RONAN TYNAN
Writer’s Name: Anne Daly
Producer’s Name: Anne Daly, Ronan Tynan
Country of Origin: Ireland
Country of Filming: France, Germany, Portugal, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
Runtime: 1 hour 50 minutes
Bringing Assad To Justice is the remarkable story of efforts against the odds to make one of the worst regime’s of our time accountable for heinous crimes without parallel since the Nazis, with even photographs of thousands of prisoners tortured and starved to death resonating with images from Hitler’s Holocaust.
Many Syrians at great personal risk have been gathering evidence of crimes against humanity from 2011 when President Bashar al-Assad and his regime began brutally crushing an historic peaceful uprising. Meanwhile, extreme repression has continued without a break since then using unparalleled horror including torture, enforced disappearances and mass murder. ‘Never Again’ might look like yet again in Syria but undeterred very courageous Syrians like human rights lawyers Anwar al-Bunni and Mazen Darwish, who themselves were imprisoned and tortured by the regime, have continued to work for justice and accountability making history as Germany and France have issued international arrest warrants against leaders of the Syrian regime.
Across the years since the peaceful uprising President Assad and his regime has pursued a strategy of starve or surrender against the civilian population. More than six hundred thousand are dead and much of the country has been destroyed. Over half the population have fled their homes leaving six million refugees outside the country and almost the same number internally displaced. But while Assad’s allies Russia and Iran help keep him in power and the Russians have used their veto to prevent Syria’s referral to the International Criminal Court, Syrians and their collaborators are sending a clear message no matter how long it takes those responsible for crimes against humanity will be brought to justice in Syria.