JUSTICE FOR SALE follows Claudine, a young and courageous human rights lawyer, in her struggle against injustice and widespread impunity in Congo.
She investigates the case of Masamba, a soldier who was convicted of rape, and discovers that his trial was corrupt and unfair. He was jailed without any concrete evidence. In Claudine’s journey to obtain justice, she uncovers a system where the basic principles of law are virtually ignored.
Release date: November 2011
Running time: 83 min
Scenario & Directing:
Ilse van Velzen, Femke van Velzen
Director of Photography:
Femke van Velzen
Paul de Heer
Music & Sound design:
CUCCI Tribecca Film Insititute, Sundance Institute, Dutch Film Fund, Good Pitch, Green House, Cordaid, Stichting Vluchteling, Dutch Postcode Lottery
Masamba’s trial also raises questions about the financial support that the international community and NGOs offer to the Congolese judicial system. Is it creating a justice that’s for sale? And if so, who pays the price?
JUSTICE FOR SALE is the third documentary in Ilse and Femke van Velzen’s trilogy about the Congo, after making Fighting the Silence and Weapon of War.