Her films have been broadcast on public television, HBO, Al Jazeera, and the homepage of the New York Times website and have screened in government venues including Congress, FBI Headquarters, the State Department, and the Department of Justice.  Rebecca graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and with a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.  She was a 2012-2013 Soros Justice Fellow.

Films by Rebecca Richman Cohen

War Don Don

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.

Code of the West

At a time when the country is rethinking its drug policies large and small, one state rises to the forefront of national attention. Once a pioneer in legalizing medical marijuana, the state of Montana is poised to become the first in the nation to repeal its medical marijuana law. Set against the sweeping vistas of the Rockies, the steamy lamplight of marijuana grow houses, and the bustling halls of the State Capitol, Code of the West follows the political process of marijuana policy reform. This is the story of the many lives and fraught emotions when politics fail and communities pay the price.