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WATCHERS OF THE SKY, November 14 thru November 20, Directed by Edet Belzberg , Documentary, Not Rated, US, 121 min
Lake Worth Playhouse Stonzek Theatre
Lake Worth, FL
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WATCHERS OF THE SKY, November 14 thru November 20, Directed by Edet Belzberg , Documentary, Not Rated, US, 121 min
Watcher-of-the-sky n. [WoTS]
An individual who recognizes the moral imperative of ending cycles of violence &/or works to improve the quality of life for forgotten populations.

With his provocative question, "why is the killing of a million a lesser crime than the killing of an individual?" Raphael Lemkin changed the course of history. An extraordinary testament to one man's perseverance, the Sundance award-winning film Watchers of the Sky examines the life and legacy of the Polish-Jewish lawyer and linguist who coined the term genocide. Before Lemkin, the notion of accountability for war crimes was virtually non-existent. After experiencing the barbarity of the Holocaust firsthand, he devoted his life to convincing the international community that there must be legal retribution for mass atrocities targeted at minorities. An impassioned visionary, Lemkin confronted world apathy in a tireless battle for justice, setting the stage for the creation of the International Criminal Court.

Watchers of the Sky links Lemkin's forgotten legacy with four visionary humanitarians: Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the U.N.; Luis Moreno Ocampo, ICC chief prosecutor; Benjamin Ferencz, Nuremberg prosecutor; and Emmanuel Uwurukundo, U.N. refugee officer. As all of them struggle to prevent future atrocities, their urgent trajectories intertwine with Lemkin's.

Aesthetically imaginative and intellectually rigorous, Edet Belzberg's lyrical film illuminates the power of one word and one man's determination. At the same time, it reveals how the persistence and magnitude of genocide require a tribe of warriors banding together over generations and continents to builda temple to the law.

The MacArthur Foundation, in selecting Belzberg as a fellow, praised her for her "raw, graceful, and insightful" films.

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Lake Worth Playhouse Stonzek Theatre (View)
709 Lake Avenue
Lake Worth, FL 33460
United States

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Film > Movies
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