This film tells the riveting story of the trial of Ratko Mladic following the drama – both inside the courtroom and in the offices of the prosecutors and defense lawyers – as the event unfolds. Sandpaper Films has negotiated exclusive access to the trial. In its twenty-one years of existence, the International Criminal Tribunal For The Former Yugoslavia has never granted this kind of access before.
Both sides are working under immense pressure — the defense have an erratic and uncompromising client while the prosecution must translate their promise of justice into a guilty verdict if Mladic’s victims are to achieve some modicum of peace. But as the trial has gone on, it is the Court and the notion of justice it represents that has found itself in the dock. Will the Tribunal deliver closure to the individuals and communities who’ve put their faith in its processes? Will its deliberations write a ‘history’ of the conflict that can be universally accepted? And perhaps most significantly, can the Tribunal represent a model for post-conflict resolution?