Cinereach, the New York-based not-for-profit film foundation, is presenting its annual award to Rebecca Richman Cohen for her work as director/producer of war crime court documentary War Don Don.
The Cinereach Award, which carries a $5,000 prize, is presented each year to a film that will screen at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival New York. War Don Don is set for several screenings, with Richman Cohen in attendance, at this year’s festival, which runs June 10-24.
The film, which premiered and won the Special Jury Prize at this year’s SXSW festival, follows the trial of Issa Sesay, who was accused of committing war crimes during Sierra Leone’s recent civil war. It was produced and edited by Francisco Bello and executive produced by Jim Butterworth of Naked Edge Films and David Menschel of Vital Projects Fund.
”War Don Don unravels the complexities of the international justice system, while weaving a gripping and dynamic story,” said Cinereach creative director Michael Raisler. “We’re thrilled that the film is part of this year’s program and can’t imagine a more exciting context for audiences to experience it.”