When atrocities are committed in countries held hostage by ruthless dictators, Human Rights Watch sends in the E-Team (Emergencies Team), a collection of fiercely intelligent individuals who document war crimes and report them to the world. Within this volatile climate, award-winning filmmakers Ross Kauffman and Katy Chevigny take us to the front lines in Syria and Libya, where shrapnel, bullet holes, and unmarked graves provide mounting evidence of atrocities by government forces. The crimes are rampant, random, and often unreported—making the E-Team's effort to get information out of the country and into the hands of media outlets, policy makers, and international tribunals even more necessary. Cinematography Award US Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2014
The Emergencies Division at Human Rights Watch deploys as crises and conflicts are underway to impact the situation in real time. Working closely with Human Rights Watch's regional and thematic divisions, the team brings expertise in human rights crises and the laws of war to document and publicise atrocities. Its findings influence governments and policy makers to better protect civilians in war and to hold accountable those responsible for egregious abuse.