The Hope and Human Rights Speaker Series
An Inspirational Evening with Rebecca Richman Cohen

Artists for Human Rights presented an inspirational evening with Rebecca Richmon Cohen, Director of the Award Winning Documentary War Don Don.

Rebecca Richman Cohen is an Emmy Award nominated filmmaker and a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School. Her film, War Don Don ("the war is over") covers the Special Court for Sierra Leone trial of Issa Sesay, who, as a youth, was coerced into fighting with the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels eventually becoming one of their commanders. War Don Don explores the contradictions of a man who dealt in blood diamonds, commanded child soldiers and was
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blamed for mass atrocities against civilians, while also being credited by some with single-handedly ending the war. Issa Sesay disarmed the RUF ending the civil war without further bloodshed - and without negotiating a deal for his own amnesty. The Special Court subsequently sentenced Issa Sesay to 52 years in prison.
"I hope War Don Don offers an insider's view about the complex moral, political, and legal questions hat issue from re-building lawless and war torn nations --- and will inspire thoughtful debate about the future of international criminal justice."
- Rebecca Richman Cohen
Artists for Human Rights

Rebecca Richman Cohen has been a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School since 2011.  She is an Emmy Award nominated documentary filmmaker with experience in human rights, criminal defense, and drug policy reform. Rebecca was profiled in Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces in Independent Film as an "up-and-comer poised to shape the next generation of independent film." Her films have won awards at film festivals including SXSW and Tribeca and have been broadcast on networks including HBO, public television, and Al Jazeera.

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