'The Trial of Anwar R' is an exclusive behind-the-scenes access film to the first high-profile Syrian war crimes trial of notorious colonel Anwar Raslan accused of crimes against humanity.
The historic trial began in Germany, April 2020; the verdict was announced on January 13th 2022 where Raslan was sentenced to life in prison. Raslan's conviction could be a ' first step' towards more comprehensive accountability for the Syrian regime - as a series of higher-ranking officers begin to be arrested and charged across Europe.
The in-depth look at the landmark case, the first to deal with Syrian state torture at a senior level, is reported by Nina Donaghy and filmed on location in the UK and Western Europe and broadcast on Al Jazeera's People and Power.
The story is reported by Nina Donaghy and the exec producer is Fiona Loyd-Davies. They will be interviewed by Rupert Skilbeck from REDNESS after the screening.
Moderator/Director of Redress
Rupert Skilbeck is a barrister who specialises in human rights law and international criminal law, who has directed strategic litigation around the world. Before joining REDRESS in 2018, was the Litigation Director at the Open Society Justice Initiative, where he oversaw human rights litigation in more than 100 cases including torture, deaths in custody, discrimination, fair trial rights, corruption, national security, and international criminal law. Prior to this he worked with international and hybrid criminal tribunals in Cambodia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Sierra Leone. In 2006 he was appointed by the United Nations as the Principal Defender for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. He was also the director of Odsjek Krivicne Odbrane, the criminal defence section of the State Court in Sarajevo, and the defence advisor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
Award winning filmmaker & photojournalist, Fiona Lloyd-Davies has been making films and taking pictures about human rights issues in areas of conflict since 1992, including in Bosnia, Iraq, Pakistan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her film about Honour Killing in Pakistan ‘License to Kill’ for BBC2 was awarded a Royal Television Society award for Best International Journalism. Her work combines journalism with a strong visual style that she learnt as a graduate of the Royal College of Art.
Nina has spent most of her career in Washington DC as a correspondent and producer covering US foreign policy and global affairs for the BBC World Service and Reuters. She has been reporting on the Syria conflict since 2011, when she was assigned to the Middle East by US network Fox News, for whom she also covered the US State Department for several years.
In 2020 - following a series of reports focused on accountability for Syria and Isis - the UN's Special Envoy for the Prevention of Genocide personally recommended Nina to serve as a research fellow at Oxford University's Blavatnik School of Government. Working alongside the world's leading war crimes experts, she developed the Raslan story and took the project to Al Jazeera English, renowned for its human rights reporting.