Justice for Sale

Ilse & Femke Van Velzen, The Netherlands, 2011

Justice for Sale follows the young, courageous Congolese human rights lawyer Claudine Tsongo who refuses to accept that justice is indeed “For Sale” in her country. When she investigates the case of a soldier convicted of rape, she becomes convinced his trial was unfair and uncovers a system where the basic principles of law are ignored—and when the system fails, everyone becomes a victim. The documentary not only provides a glimpse into the failings of the Congolese judicial system but also raises questions about the role of the international community and non-governmental organizations in reforming it. Does their financial support cause justice to be for sale? And who pays the price?

The Dutch filmmakers Ilse & Femke Van Velzen participated with Justice for Sale in the Greenhouse 2010 program on the theme of racism and human rights.

Produced by: 

 Femke van Velzen, Ilse van Velzen, Nynke Douma

Festivals and Awards:

 Silverback Awards for Best Documentary at Rwanda Film Festival, 2013

 Won Best Documentary at the International Film Festival in Burundi, 2012

 Sarasota Film Festival, 2012

 Seattle International Film Festival, 2012

 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2012

 St. John's International Women's Film Festival, 2012

 Urbanworld Film Festival, 2012

 Montreal Black Film Festival, 2012

 IDFA, Dutch Premiere 2011

Grants & Support:

 Ikon TV – the Netherlands

 The Tribeca Gucci Fund - USA

 The Sundance Institute- USA

 Netherlands Film Fund – the Netherlands


Justice for Sale - Trailer
Justice for Sale / Ilse & Femke Van Velzen
Justice for Sale / Ilse & Femke Van Velzen