E-Team | Chicago Reader

E-Team

During the Balkan conflict, Human Rights Watch created the "Emergencies Team" to plunge into war zones and investigate unfolding atrocities; according to HRW veteran Fred Abrahams, a harrowing photograph taken by the E-Team in Serbia and published in the New York Times transformed the debate over the conflict in the Clinton White House. This documentary by Katy Chevigny (Deadline) and Ross Kauffman (Born Into Brothels) follows the E-Team into Syria as they investigate the reign of terror by President Assad's forces, collecting anguished tales of young men being rounded up, murdered, and incinerated. In addition to this gripping material, Chevigny and Kauffman include personal profiles of the HRW professionals who undertake these dangerous assignments; scenes of them relaxing at home with their loved ones provide a striking contrast with the fearful environments they document.

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