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March 11, 2010

Meet Producer Paco de Onis 3/14 at Reception Following Film, “The Reckoning”

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DATE:  MARCH 11, 2010                                                                                                                    

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403                


2009-2010 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers


“The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court”

with Producer Paco de Onís


2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 14, Blake Library

“The Reckoning” Explores the Complexities of Establishing International Criminal Court 


(Stuart, FL) – Martin County Library System will present “The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court” with Producer Paco de Onís as part of the Southern Arts Federation’s Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL on Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the John F. Armstrong Wing.  Following the screening, the filmmaker will engage the audience in a discussion about the film and his work.  Light refreshments will be served during the reception.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Reservations are not required.


About the film:

Launched in 2002, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is the first international tribunal of its kind — a permanent criminal court created to prosecute individuals, no matter how powerful, for crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. “The Reckoning,” a feature-length documentary filmed in High Definition on four continents, follows the dynamic and charismatic Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo, Deputy Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and Senior Trial Attorney Christine Chung as they issue arrest warrants for the Lord’s Resistance Army leaders in Uganda, put four Congolese warlords on trial at The Hague, challenge the UN Security Council to support the Court’s call for an arrest warrant for the President of Sudan on charges of genocide, and shake up the Colombian justice system.

“The Reckoning” was filmed at ICC headquarters in The Hague for three years with unprecedented access to the inner workings of the Court, the dreamers behind it, and the obstacles they overcome as they create a new paradigm for global justice. In places where the Court has intervened, we see a dramatic ICC justice effect and hear the voices of people in the conflict situation countries. They are captured taking action and discussing what they can do to end the culture of impunity as a result of notorious criminals facing a reckoning with this new Court and the international law it was created to enforce. “The Reckoning” puts in high relief the mounting drama of the international justice movement, embodied in this tiny court in The Hague that is struggling to change the world and how we think about justice.

 A highly praised documentary, “The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court” was selected for the U.S. Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival and was featured as the Opening Night Film at the Human Rights

Watch International Film Festival at Lincoln Center. “The Reckoning” has also screened at the Nantucket Film Festival, Berkshire International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Movies That Matter Film Festival, among many other international screenings

About the filmmakers:

Paco de Onís grew up in several Latin American countries and is multi-lingual (Spanish, Portuguese, English, Italian, French). Prior to the ICC project, he produced “State of Fear,” a Skylight Pictures film about Peru’s 20-year “war on terror” based on the findings of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Paco has produced documentaries for PBS (“On Our Own Terms” with Bill Moyers), National Geographic (“Secrets from the Grave”), New York Times Television (“Police Force,” “Paramedics”), and MSNBC (“Edgewise with John Hockenberry”).

The film’s director, Pamela Yates, is the recipient of a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship. She is the Director of the Sundance Award-winning “When the Mountains Tremble,” the Producer of the Emmy Award-winning “Loss of Innocence,” and the Executive Producer of the Academy Award-winning “Witness to War.” Most recently she directed “State of Fear” (2005), a feature-length documentary that tells the epic story of Peru’s 20-year “war on terror” based on the findings of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. “State of Fear” was featured in the 2006-2007 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Pamela is a co-founder of Skylight Pictures, Inc. and is a member of the Director’s Guild of America (DGA) and The Writers Guild of America (WGA). Ms. Yates is unable to attend the March 14 showing at the Blake Library.

The 2009-2010 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of the Southern Arts Federation, a not-for-profit regional arts organization making a positive difference in the arts throughout the South since 1975.  Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from the Southern Arts Federation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and local partner organizations The Arts Council, Inc., The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc. and the Martin County Tourist Development Council.  Special support for Southern Circuit was provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  For more information on the Southern Arts Federation and its programs visit

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers continues at the Blake Library April 11.  Bookmarks with a schedule and film descriptions are available at all Martin County libraries.  To learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any branch library or visit the library Web site,



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