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Ruthie & Mandy Jacobson
Ruthie with South African activist/filmmaker Mandy Jacobson. She and Croatian/American filmmaker Karmen Jelincic co-directed the award winning film Calling the Ghosts. It told the story of two women legal professionals (a judge and corporate lawyer) who were held in a rape cape in Prejidor during the Bosnian war. The film followed their journey from victimization to survivors to activists. My master’s thesis was a case study of the film. It showed how the film helped lead to the first conviction of rape as a war crime. I interviewed Mandy Jacobson, Karmen Jelincic, the editor Susanne Rostock, executive producer and actress Julia Ormond, Pulitzer prize winning journalist Roy Gutman, executive director of the Coalition for International Justice Nina Bang-Jensen, Amnesty International’s western regional director Cossette Thompson, and Senator Frank Lautenberg’s former foreign policy advisor Sharon Waxman.

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