In the heart of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, United Nations soldiers guard a heavily fortified building known as the “special court.” Inside, Issa Sesay awaits his trial. Prosecutors say Sesay is a war criminal, guilty of heinous crimes against humanity. His defenders say he is a reluctant fighter who protected civilians and played a crucial role in bringing peace to Sierra Leone. With unprecedented access to prosecutors, defense attorneys, victims, and, from behind bars, Sesay himself, WAR DON DON puts international justice on trial for the world to see — finding that in some cases the past is not just painful, it is also opaque.
War Don Don is a triumph of agenda-free nonfiction filmmaking... It's among the year's finest documentaries.
War Don Don is the most compelling film about international justice since Judgment at Nuremberg. It's a great vehicle for teaching international criminal law and inspiring classroom debate.
One of the most viscerally compelling documentaries of the year, it will leave you haunted.
Fascinating and complex... a remarkably sophisticated examination of the machinery of justice.
This vivid film provides enough detail, nuance, and controversy to inform both experts and newcomers to the issues of international criminal justice—and wonderfully combines legal and political insight with compelling narrative and visual power.