Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary world of Ben Ferencz


February 07, 2019
7:30 PM /
Discussion to follow film with panelists (see film description for information.)
QA Session with the Filmmaker

Barry Avrich’s gripping new documentary tells the fascinating story of Ben Ferencz—the last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor and lifelong advocate of “law not war.” After witnessing Nazi concentration camps shortly after liberation, Ferencz became lead prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen case at Nuremberg, which has been called the biggest murder trial in history.

He was 27 years old and it was his first trial. All 22 Nazi officials tried for murdering over a million people were convicted. Ferencz went on to advocate for restitution for Jewish victims of the Holocaust and later for the establishment of the International Criminal Court.

His fight for justice for victims of atrocity crimes continues today. Prosecuting Evil also poses some tough and incisive questions. Most pointedly: What does the film say about our time?


AMSTERDAM Opening Night Film, HRW Film Festival 

Featuring discussion with: 

Barry Avrich, filmmaker, Yoeri Albrecht, De Balie, Balkees Jarrah, HRW, Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Kenneth Roth, HRW, Katrien van de Linde, HRW




Barry Avrich, filmmaker
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Filmmaker Bio(s): 
Barry Avrich

Barry Avrich was born in Montreal and studied film at Ryerson and the University of Toronto. His documentaries include Show Stopper: The Theatrical Life of Garth Drabinsky (12) and Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story (13)

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