They don’t wear uniforms or carry weapons; they have no bodyguards. Yet their missions take them to the most dangerous places on Earth. As investigators of the International Criminal Court they painstakingly gather evidence against those responsible for some of the most serious crimes committed in our time: in Darfur, Uganda, The Democratic Republic of the Congo and - as the least known spot on the map of core crimes – in the Central African Republic.
In 2002, a wave of violence shook the Central African Republic. Militant rebels from neighboring Congo received carte blanche from their leader Jean-Pierre Bemba to kill, rape and pillage. The film „Carte Blanche” follows the investigators of the first permanent international court into the heart of Africa. Eight years after the violence, justice shall be done. And Jean-Pierre Bemba - as one of the first commanders being prosecuted before an international tribunal for his command responsibility for systematic rape – is to be put on trial.
"Film teams never go on mission..." - that was the International Criminal Court’s hard and fast rule at the beginning of our work. Today, four years later, we are the only film team that has been allowed to accompany the investigators on their missions – not a foregone conclusion in the presence of ongoing legal proceedings. „Carte Blanche” is a testimony of cinematic work on the limits of documentary filmmaking.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Born in Switzerland in 1959.
From 1982-88 film she studied film at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie (dffb) in Berlin, Germany.
Since 2003 she is a lecturer for documentary filmmaking at the Film Academy in Ludwigsburg, Germany. In 2007 her film „The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez“ won the Swiss Film Prize for Best Documentary.a selection of films1987 Das Schwinden der Schwelle (documentary)1988 Dischibuti (short film)1991 Tania La Guerrillera (documentary)1993 Deckname Rosa (documentary)1995 Z-Man's Kinder (feature film)1996 Tupamaros (documentary)
(Coral award at the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano Havana for the best documentary of a non-Latin American director)2002 Kaprun (documentary)2004 Zeit der Roten Nelken (documentary)?
Eine Familienangelegenheit (documentary)2006 The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez
(World Premiere Sundance Film Festival, Swiss Film Prize 2007, nominated for the German Film Prize 2007)2010 The Goalgetter’s Ship2011 Carte Blanche2011 Esther und die Geister