The film "War Don Don" documents war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone

December 2, 2010

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Mongolian peacekeepers guard the Special Court of Sierra Leone.

The recent documentary, War Don Don, follows the trial of Issa Sesay. Sesay was a commander of the rebel group Revolutionary United Front.  For ten years, the RUF terrorized Sierra Leone with mass killings, amputations, and forced recruitment of child soldiers. The film paints a complex picture of the tribunal’s contribution to the historical record in Sierra Leone. Filmmaker Rebecca Richman Cohen explains how she got involved with the tribunal.