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Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz

History, Holocaust, Jewish Film, Jewish Highlights, Law and the Penal System, Social Justice
Barry Avrich
83 minutes


Release year: 2018
Countries of Origin: Canada
Language: English
Genre: documentary


World Premiere
Toronto Int'l Film Festival

Best Documentary - Audience Award
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Best Documentary
Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival

Official Selection
Santa Barbara Int'l Film Festival
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival

"Thoughtful, principled, and engaging"
New York Times

Hollywood Reporter



Barry Avrich’s gripping new documentary tells the fascinating story of Ben Ferencz—the last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor and lifelong advocate of “law not war.” After witnessing Nazi concentration camps shortly after liberation, Ferencz became a lead prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen case at Nuremberg, which has been called the biggest murder trial in history. He was 27 years old and it was his first trial. All 22 Nazi officials tried for murdering over a million people were convicted. Ferencz went on to advocate for restitution for Jewish victims of the Holocaust and later for the establishment of the International Criminal Court. His fight for justice for victims of atrocity crimes continues today.



Barry Avrich (Director, Producer, Writer) is an acclaimed documentary filmmaker, he has produced and directed over 40 documentaries and is best known for provocative exposes of some of the most controversial icons in modern history including Hollywood mogul Lew Wasserman, Bob Guccione, Winston Churchill and Harvey Weinstein as well as award-winning film adaptations of The Tempest and King Lear. Avrich has also produced the Scotiabank Giller Prize and Canadian Screen Awards broadcasts. Avrich published his bestselling memoir; Moguls, Monsters and Madmen. In 2007, Avrich built the world's first state-of-the-art movie theatre in a hospital at Toronto's SickKids.

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