The movie for me that first put The Hague's International Crimi-
nal Court on the map was The Reckoning, a documentary that opened the Human Rights Watch Inter-
national Film Fes-
tival, put on by the FSLC this past sum-
mer. That was an excellent film, given its -- and the court's -- limitations but I must confess that the new movie STORM by Hans-Christian Schmid (shown below) strikes me as the more interesting and inclusive, not to mention memorable, of the two films in terms of how it treats this important and necessary tool for the securing of criminal justice on an international level.
Although Storm is a narrative tale, Schmid's film has its own docu-
mentary look and feel that work wonders in commanding our atten-
tion and helping us believe in the veracity of what we're witnessing. Schmid has filled his film with smart detail: how the Court works (or doesn't -- both from the public and personal angles), how carefully it must build its cases, and how easily things can and do fall apart. As both director and co-writer (with Bernd Lange), he threads his story near-seamlessly with facts, figures and events that enable the adult viewer who has followed recent history (back into the 90s, at least) to also follow the film's many twists and turns.
dings something fierce. There's a definite feminist slant to the movie -- from the terrific performances of its two female stars to the relationships that the female prosecutor has with her boyfriend and her boss, and especially the suggestion that the mostly male top tier of the court would rather not concern itself with mere rape.