France, Luxembourg, 2018, 90', In English, Arabic, Ukrainian and French with Slovenian and English subtitles
An animated documentary, part of a global transmedia project combining investigative journalism and activism, aimed at ending the seemingly total impunity for the use of sexual violence in current armed conflicts, featuring inspiring victims around the world who have the courage to break their silence. These stories confront us with the horrendous mechanics of international institutions and age-old war and interrogation practices.
Zero Impunity offers a voice and solutions to this dreaded universal social norm. A film about love, life and humanity.
Directed by: Nicolas Blies, Stéphane Hueber-Blies, Denis Lambert
Written by: Nicolas Blies, Stéphane Hueber-Blies
Animation: Denis Lambert
Music: Holland Andrews
Sound Design: Mélissa Petitjean
Editing: Aurélien Guégan
Producers: Stephan Roelants, Louise Cosserat, Nicolas Blies, Stéphane Hueber-Blies, Marion Guth
Production: a_BAHN, WebSpider Productions, Camera Talk Production, Mélusine Productions
Distribution: Indie Sales
Zero Impunity is a global transmedia project by the Blies brothers, who want to put an end to this grievance. The project relies on animation as its “weapon”: the anidoc is the heart of the movement. The film is not limited to reports on well-known crisis regions such as Central Africa or Syria, but also shows examples from countries like Ukraine or the USA. And it not only addresses sexual violence against women and children. The directors also let male victims of violence have their say.
We worked with a lot of different sources, who were in different situations. Some were whistleblowers, while others were survivors. Quite a few of them wanted to remain anonymous for security reasons. That was the case for Nora, a young Syrian girl, and her mother, Fatima. Animation also made it possible for us to illustrate the events that our sources recounted.
Animation allows us to make fun of the powerful, make them speak, move beyond the inevitable political speech that we would have had if they were standing in front of our cameras... [the aim is] to find the hidden truth.
Awards and festivals (selection):
- AniMovie Selection, Stuttgart Trickfilm International Animated Film Festival 2020
- Selection, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2020
- Selection, BIAF 2019
- New Directors Selection, Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival 2019
- Contrechamp Selection, Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2019
- Official Programme, Moscow International Film Festival 2019