This morning I re-watched a movie that was screened by my friend Kathy during the weekly Movie of Honor; a ritual I go to as often as I can. It’s a regular Saturday night gathering where we screen films that expose human nobility. They are films with a purpose, and that purpose is to tell a story that moves life forward. It is one of my favorite weekly events.
This Saturday we watched a documentary called “Watchers of the Sky”. It’s about genocide and the International Criminal Court. It follows the story of Raphael Lemkin, Luis-Moreno Ocampo, Samantha Power, Emmanuel Uwurukundo and Benjamin Ferencz: all leaders in the fight for human rights against genocide.
The film is profound. It’s intensely moving and clear in the way it exposes the lack of focus on the section of law called “Crimes Against Humanity”. The International Criminal Court (ICC) exists to address such crimes and continues to fight an uphill battle.
I was struck by several things in the movie.
The tenacity and passion of all the leaders profiled.
The beauty and artistry in the way the stories were woven together by watercolor paintings.
And finally, the devastation of what we have done and are continuing to do to one another.
Images of bodies piled on top of each other like pieces of garbage. I kept thinking to myself, “These are people. How is that happening? How does this keep happening? These are people.”
I am disturbed, and I am glad for that. I want to be more and more disturbed every day so this never becomes, “just something that happens”. It doesn’t take long to get used to something that was at one time abhorrent. Apathy is the latest narcotic.
I never want to give in to apathy. I always want to feel disturbed and inspired and moved and terrified and hopeful.
Don’t miss this movie. It’s that good.