The war is over, a trial begins
News

"War Don Don" will be broadcast on public television in the US: January 27, 2014 @ 8/7c on AfroPoP
Filmmaker Rebecca Richman Cohen (and other non-practicing law school grads) profiled in Documentary magazine. From the Courtroom to the Edit Room: When Lawyers Shift Careers
"War Don Don" is nominated for two EMMY AWARDS: Outstanding Continuing Coverage Of A News Story (Long Form) and Outstanding Editing.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, present filmmaker Rebecca Richman Cohen the First Annual Hugo Munsterberg Award for psychology of human nature in cinema
"War Don Don" makes critics' 2010 year-end lists of best films. Village Voice posts Cynthia Fuchs' favorite films of 2010 with "War Don Don" at number four.
Philadelphia City Paper lists "War Don Don" as one of the best films of 2010.
Jerome McDonnell interviews Rebecca Richman Cohen on WBEZ Chicago's Worldview
Professor William Schabas, a former commissioner at the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission, blogs about "War Don Don" and the troubling nature of the sentences imposed by the Special Court
"War Don Don" featured in Silverdocs promo
Listen to interview with Rebecca Richman Cohen on WYNC's The Leonard Lopate Show
Photos from spring 2010 screenings, awards, and outreach activities (Boston, Freetown, Barcelona, New York)
In connection with the 2010 Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Cinereach presents its annual Cinereach Award to Rebecca Richman Cohen for excellence in artful, vital storytelling
Read the Film Journal International's interviews with filmmakers invited to the Human Rights Watch Festival (with special focus on War Don Don - see link at the bottom to complete interview with Rebecca Richman Cohen)
Francisco Bello, producer and editor, wins The Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing at IFFBoston for his work on "War Don Don"
Harvard Law School News highlights "War Don Don" screening at the Independent Film Festival Boston
"War Don Don" wins Special Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival
"War Don Don" is awarded a grant from the Adrienne Shelly Foundation through the through the Women in Film Finishing Fund
Listen to Texas Observer interview with filmmaker Rebecca Richman Cohen
Watch KXAN Austin morning news interview
eFilmCritic interview with "War Don Don" director
Harvard Law Bulletin, A Free Town Captured: Focusing On War Crimes Through Law and Film about Rebecca Richman Cohen's work on a defense team at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in 2006
"War Don Don" is awarded the Independent Filmmaker Lab Finishing Grant, the Women in Film (WIF) Finishing Fund Grant and named as a finalist for IDA's Pare Lorentz Finishing Fund (2009)
"War Don Don" excerpts screened at IFP's Independent Film Week (Sept 2009)
"War Don Don" production team participates in the IFP Independent Filmmaker Lab (April 2009)
"War Don Don" is awarded the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant. Thom Powers counts it among his top ten documentary events of 2008 (April 2008)
Reviews

"The film supplies incredible visual power, is rhythmically precise in its pace and timbre, and presents the hard-won access these filmmakers had to its very best advantage for the viewer to weigh, ponder, listen and learn.... This is highly-nuanced, thought-provoking filmmaking, providing profound sustenance for both the mind, the conscience and the heart." Read Entire Article
     — Pamela Cohn, Still In Motion


     — Rebecca Agule, Harvard Law Record

" War Don Don is really just another great Rashomon-esque legal documentary, albeit one with global importance.... I don't think I've been more torn on whether or not an accused subject is truly guilty or not since The Staircase (if you haven't seen that one, Capturing the Friedmans may come to mind instead).... [Cohen] provokes and feeds discussion, one you'll be surely having with others or yourself for quite some time after seeing the film. And you must see it, whether or not you can catch it during HRW." Read Entire Article
     — Christopher Campbell, Cinematical


     — Cynthia Fuchs, Pop Matters


     — Michael May, Texas Observer

"Without eliding the grim human cost of the crimes and criminals involved, producer-director Rebecca Richman Cohen's unusually lucid documentary plays against type: It dares to see the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebel leader Issa Sesay as something like human, rather than an embodiment of pure evil. Yet there's no facile exoneration to be found." Read Entire Article
     — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

"I highly recommend checking out War Don Don... Rather than pushing a particular narrative, or view of the international justice system, War Don Don allows the individuals at the heart of the trial to speak for themselves... To the film's credit, it doesn't feel forced to answer the questions it raises. War Don Don is a way to start a broader conversation about international justice, not to end one. In sum: go, and take your interns with you!" Read Entire Blog Entry
     — Amanda Taub, Wronging Rights

"The documentary's drama doesn't emerge from whether Sesay will be found guilty; we hear his sentence at the start of the movie and then at intervals throughout, as we watch different people react to the news. The dramatic arc is the change in our own reactions to the verdict.... As Cohen knits together a 360-degree view of Sesay... War Don Don gives us plenty to chew on." Read Entire Article
     — Elise Nakhnikian, Slant Magazine


     — Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe

"One of the most viscerally compelling documentaries of the year, it will leave you haunted." Article
     — Mary Anderson Casavant, Filmmaker Magazine

"Fascinating and complex... a remarkably sophisticated examination of the machinery of justice." Blurb
     — The Independent Weekly, Raleigh, NC

"Impressive work." Blurb
     — Hank Sartin, Timeout Chicago

"War Don Don offers one of the most complex views of a legal proceeding ever presented in a documentary film." Read Entire Article
     — Penny Lane, Brooklyn Rail