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The Journalist and The Jailer

United Kingdom (UK)
Project status
In development
The Journalist and The Jailer


Luna Watfa, a Syrian journalist living as a refugee in Koblenz, Germany, reports on the men who are alleged to have overseen her detention and torture, at the world’s first trial against members of Bashar al-Assad's regime, for crimes against humanity. Against the backdrop of this landmark trial, the film chronicles Luna’s search for what constitutes justice, truth and accountability - and how to come to terms with her painful past - blending rigorous journalism with intimate, innovative storytelling. ‘The Journalist And The Jailer’ reveals how this court case could provide some measure of justice for the tens of thousands of Syrians who have been detained, tortured and disappeared by Bashar al-Assad’s government, and perhaps even revolutionize war crimes prosecutions worldwide.