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90’ social impact film by Nicolas Blies and Stéphane Hueber-Blies, co-directed with Denis Lambert, as centerpiece of an ambitious transmedia project which combines investigative journalism with activism and wake up call to action.

For centuries victims of heinous sexual war crimes have experienced horrible abuses and its devastating consequences, yet very few have had the courage or the support to break the centuries old silence and speak up. ZERO IMPUNITY offers a voice to victims in countries across the globe, including Syria and Ukraine, as well as on the African continent and in the USA. FATIMA raises her voice, in the name of her daughter, 11 year-old-Nora, abducted like thousands of children and sexually tortured in the prisons of the Syrian regime. ALISA, a survivor of sexual violence during the Donbass conflict in Ukraine,  finally speaks out ; forbidden to press charges in her own country. MARK, a former interrogator in Guantanamo, denounces the institutionalized system which used sexual torture on detainees in the U.S. military prison.

ZERO IMPUNITY confronts the dirty mechanics of major international institutions, fueled by an global culture of hopelessness, neglect and denial. The liberation of suppressed voices and the support structures now available are the  first step in providing the crucial tools needed to heal. This film features exclusive records from the United Nations, Oscar nominated animation, and most importantly a message of hope, renewal and real change. 

ZERO IMPUNITY is an important and necessary eye-opening scream, raising awareness and outrage.
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« Zero Impunity (...) does an important job in creating public awareness of an issue that definitely needs more attention. »

« l’impact du cinéma au service de l’activisme »

“C’est l’un des films coup de poing du 43e Festival d’Annecy.”

“Activism and animation make formidable allies in Zero Impunity” 

"An ambitious animated documentary film"

"The genius of Zero Impunity lies in its waltz between real-life shots and animation. (...) it also frees up the spoken word with power and originality."

BLIES Brothers

Authors & film directors

  • Stéphane Hueber-Blies and Nicolas Blies are two brothers who write and direct their films together.

    They start their writing careers with the transmedia documentary SOUNDHUNTERS on the new languages created by migratory flows in co-production with the Franco-German TV channel ARTE in 2015. The project is selected for the Prix Europa in Berlin, at SXSW and the New York Film Festival in 2016. They will also win the FIPA d’Or 2015 (Sm@rtFIPA category), the Prix du Courrier International in 2016 and the Audience and Best Innovation Project Awards at the Sechuan Festival in China. 

    They then seek to develop their filmography around a committed cinema with a social impact. Each of their films is thus accompanied by concrete actions aimed at impacting the theme addressed. Their first social impact film is ZERO IMPUNITY in 2019, and deals with sexual violence in wartime. A feature-length film mixing animation and real image, it is currently enjoying great success in festivals, with premieres at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (Contrechamp category), the Moscow International Film Festival, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and the FIFDH at Geneva. The digital and social impact part of the project won the FIPA d’Or 2017 (Sm@rtFIPA category) and was selected for the Visa d’Or de l’information France TV.

    Stéphane and Nicolas are currently working on their second feature film, GHOSTDANCE, co-written with Canadian-born Abenaki filmmaker Kim O’Bomsawin. The film project dealing with the issue of gender equality and feminicide was noticed from the very beginning by the international animation film industry when it was selected for the Cartoon Movie in Bordeaux in 2019 and the Eurimages Pitch session.  

    In parallel, they are working on the development of their first real-time animation film in virtual reality, SHOCK THE MONKEY, on the theme of the privatization of our imagination by the capitalist system.

Stéphane Hueber-Blies and Nicolas Blies are two brothers who write and direct their films together.

They start their writing careers with the transmedia documentary SOUNDHUNTERS on the new languages created by migratory flows in co-production with the Franco-German TV channel ARTE in 2015. The project is selected for the Prix Europa in Berlin, at SXSW and the New York Film Festival in 2016. They will also win the FIPA d’Or 2015 (Sm@rtFIPA category), the Prix du Courrier International in 2016 and the Audience and Best Innovation Project Awards at the Sechuan Festival in China. 

They then seek to develop their filmography around a committed cinema with a social impact. Each of their films is thus accompanied by concrete actions aimed at impacting the theme addressed. Their first social impact film is ZERO IMPUNITY in 2019, and deals with sexual violence in wartime. A feature-length film mixing animation and real image, it is currently enjoying great success in festivals, with premieres at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (Contrechamp category), the Moscow International Film Festival, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and the FIFDH at Geneva. The digital and social impact part of the project won the FIPA d’Or 2017 (Sm@rtFIPA category) and was selected for the Visa d’Or de l’information France TV.

Stéphane and Nicolas are currently working on their second feature film, GHOSTDANCE, co-written with Canadian-born Abenaki filmmaker Kim O’Bomsawin. The film project dealing with the issue of gender equality and feminicide was noticed from the very beginning by the international animation film industry when it was selected for the Cartoon Movie in Bordeaux in 2019 and the Eurimages Pitch session.  

In parallel, they are working on the development of their first real-time animation film in virtual reality, SHOCK THE MONKEY, on the theme of the privatization of our imagination by the capitalist system.

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_Synopsis

ZERO IMPUNITY is a transmedia project which combines investigative journalism with a wake up call to action. For centuries victims of heinous sexual war crimes have experienced the horrific abuse and its devastating consequences, yet very few have had the courage or the support to break the centuries old silence and speak up. ZERO IMPUNITY offers a voice to victims in countries across the globe, including Syria and Ukraine, as well as on the African continent and in the USA. At the heart of ZERO IMPUNITY, 6 in-depth investigative reports which question the failures within many major international institutions and States which make it impossible to fight against the deliberate and highly effective use of sexual violence to control and maintain power in armed conflicts, while combating terrorism and within the peace keeping task forces, worldwide. 

Since January 2017, the 6 investigations have been progressively published, one by one, by an international media consortium and on the zeroimpunity. com website. These 6 investigations have also been published by Mediapart a French independent newspaper specializing in investigations, and by several European and African newspapers also specializing in investigations (the same group who published the Panama Papers): Internazionale (Italy), InfoLibre (Spain), LeDesk (Morocco), Inkyfada (Tunisia), Correctiv.org. 

In partnership with Change.org, each investigation is extended by a petition and the possibility to participate in digtial demonstrations that can be projected onto large buildings and public spaces with enormous impact. The petitions include concrete demands, for change as well as the road map to get there. 400,000 citizens have already joined the movement, signing petitions demanding concrete actions, including special training within the french army and criminal code reforms in Ukraine.

Nicolas BLIES & Stéphane HUEBER-BLIES

Authors

  • Stéphane Hueber-Blies and Nicolas Blies are two brothers who write and direct their films together.

    They start their writing careers with the transmedia documentary SOUNDHUNTERS on the new languages created by migratory flows in co-production with the Franco-German TV channel ARTE in 2015. The project is selected for the Prix Europa in Berlin, at SXSW and the New York Film Festival in 2016. They will also win the FIPA d’Or 2015 (Sm@rtFIPA category), the Prix du Courrier International in 2016 and the Audience and Best Innovation Project Awards at the Sechuan Festival in China. 

    They then seek to develop their filmography around a committed cinema with a social impact. Each of their films is thus accompanied by concrete actions aimed at impacting the theme addressed. Their first social impact film is ZERO IMPUNITY in 2019, and deals with sexual violence in wartime. A feature-length film mixing animation and real image, it is currently enjoying great success in festivals, with premieres at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (Contrechamp category), the Moscow International Film Festival, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and the FIFDH at Geneva. The digital and social impact part of the project won the FIPA d’Or 2017 (Sm@rtFIPA category) and was selected for the Visa d’Or de l’information France TV.

    Stéphane and Nicolas are currently working on their second feature film, GHOSTDANCE, co-written with Canadian-born Abenaki filmmaker Kim O’Bomsawin. The film project dealing with the issue of gender equality and feminicide was noticed from the very beginning by the international animation film industry when it was selected for the Cartoon Movie in Bordeaux in 2019 and the Eurimages Pitch session.  

    In parallel, they are working on the development of their first real-time animation film in virtual reality, SHOCK THE MONKEY, on the theme of the privatization of our imagination by the capitalist system.

Stéphane Hueber-Blies and Nicolas Blies are two brothers who write and direct their films together.

They start their writing careers with the transmedia documentary SOUNDHUNTERS on the new languages created by migratory flows in co-production with the Franco-German TV channel ARTE in 2015. The project is selected for the Prix Europa in Berlin, at SXSW and the New York Film Festival in 2016. They will also win the FIPA d’Or 2015 (Sm@rtFIPA category), the Prix du Courrier International in 2016 and the Audience and Best Innovation Project Awards at the Sechuan Festival in China. 

They then seek to develop their filmography around a committed cinema with a social impact. Each of their films is thus accompanied by concrete actions aimed at impacting the theme addressed. Their first social impact film is ZERO IMPUNITY in 2019, and deals with sexual violence in wartime. A feature-length film mixing animation and real image, it is currently enjoying great success in festivals, with premieres at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (Contrechamp category), the Moscow International Film Festival, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and the FIFDH at Geneva. The digital and social impact part of the project won the FIPA d’Or 2017 (Sm@rtFIPA category) and was selected for the Visa d’Or de l’information France TV.

Stéphane and Nicolas are currently working on their second feature film, GHOSTDANCE, co-written with Canadian-born Abenaki filmmaker Kim O’Bomsawin. The film project dealing with the issue of gender equality and feminicide was noticed from the very beginning by the international animation film industry when it was selected for the Cartoon Movie in Bordeaux in 2019 and the Eurimages Pitch session.  

In parallel, they are working on the development of their first real-time animation film in virtual reality, SHOCK THE MONKEY, on the theme of the privatization of our imagination by the capitalist system.

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