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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.
We put human faces on these stories. A film about life, love and humanity. Join the Movement. 

« 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

  • Nicolas Blies and Stéphane Hueber-Blies (also called Blies Brothers) are two film directors and scriptwriters who create their films together. Their cinema is considered as a cinema with a social impact because of its activist dimension.

    They started in the cinema by writing and directing the short film La Fabuleuse journée d'Emilie dealing with female paedophilia with Bernie Bonvoisin, Jean-Claude Dreyfus and journalist Denis Robert. The directors finally decided not to release the film, not finding it sufficiently successful.

    In 2015, they conceptualized the transmedia documentary Soundhunters in co-production with the Franco-German TV channel ARTE. The project was selected for the Prix Europa in Berlin, SXSW and the New York Film Festival. They won the Innovation Prize at FIPA 2015, le Prix Courrier International for the best web documentary at the « Mois du Webdocumentaire (Gaité Lyrique) in 2015 and the "Grand Prize" and the "Most Innovative Experience" at the Sichuan TV Festival in China.

    Their first feature-length as authors and directors is the social impact film Zero Impunity (2019). A film that the directors decided to accompany with a social impact campaign to fight impunity for sexual violence in wartime. The feature-length documentary mixes animation and real image. The film made its World Premiere in March 2019 at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Greece) before being in Official Competition at the Annecy Film Festival (France). The film was particularly noticed during the festival of Annecy as noted by journalist Nicolas George in the Chronique Culture on TV5. Le Figaro identifies the film as "a punching film" that "left Annecy speechless". 

    Since its release, Zero Impunity has been screened at numerous prestigious international festivals including Moscow International Film Festival (Russia), International Film Festival of Namur (Belgium), Mostra de Sao Paulo (Brazil), International Film Festival of Amiens (France), Guadalajara International Film Festival (Mexico) or the Palm Springs International Film Festival (USA).

    The digital and social impact part of the project won the FIPA d'Or 2017 and was selected for the Visa d'Or for France TV. The directors were invited to participate in numerous conferences, notably in the presence of Dr Denis Mukwege (Nobel Peace Prize 2018) at the University of Angers. Edwy Plenel (Mediapart) said about Zero Impunity : “It’s the perfect pacific weapon”. 

    They are currently working on their second animated feature film, Ghostdance, co-written with Canadian-born Abenaki filmmaker Kim O’Bomsawin and Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne (co-writer of Incendies by Denis Villeneuve). The film project dealing with feminicide and the question of gender equality is already noticed from the outset by the international animation film industry when it was selected for the Cartoon Movie in Bordeaux in 2019 and the prestigious Co-production Village Les Arcs Film festival

    They are also working on the development of their first virtual reality film Soleils Noirs. The project has been selected to the prestigious CinéMart organized by the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in 2020.

    In 2020, they are selected for being members of the Jury in the feature-length « Contrechamps » section during the 60th Annecy Festival. 

    « Trilogy of sexual violence »

    Invited by the Annecy Festival in 2020 to take also part in the prestigious « Leçons de cinéma » section among living legends of animation cinema like Jennifer Lee, Bruno Coulais, Ron Clements, John Musker, Henry Selick or Dean DeBlois, they announce their "Trilogy of Sexual Violence", of which Zero Impunity is the first part. Three cinematic variations of the same theme, completed by Ghostdance and Aimer moins.

Nicolas Blies and Stéphane Hueber-Blies (also called Blies Brothers) are two film directors and scriptwriters who create their films together. Their cinema is considered as a cinema with a social impact because of its activist dimension.

They started in the cinema by writing and directing the short film La Fabuleuse journée d'Emilie dealing with female paedophilia with Bernie Bonvoisin, Jean-Claude Dreyfus and journalist Denis Robert. The directors finally decided not to release the film, not finding it sufficiently successful.

In 2015, they conceptualized the transmedia documentary Soundhunters in co-production with the Franco-German TV channel ARTE. The project was selected for the Prix Europa in Berlin, SXSW and the New York Film Festival. They won the Innovation Prize at FIPA 2015, le Prix Courrier International for the best web documentary at the « Mois du Webdocumentaire (Gaité Lyrique) in 2015 and the "Grand Prize" and the "Most Innovative Experience" at the Sichuan TV Festival in China.

Their first feature-length as authors and directors is the social impact film Zero Impunity (2019). A film that the directors decided to accompany with a social impact campaign to fight impunity for sexual violence in wartime. The feature-length documentary mixes animation and real image. The film made its World Premiere in March 2019 at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Greece) before being in Official Competition at the Annecy Film Festival (France). The film was particularly noticed during the festival of Annecy as noted by journalist Nicolas George in the Chronique Culture on TV5. Le Figaro identifies the film as "a punching film" that "left Annecy speechless". 

Since its release, Zero Impunity has been screened at numerous prestigious international festivals including Moscow International Film Festival (Russia), International Film Festival of Namur (Belgium), Mostra de Sao Paulo (Brazil), International Film Festival of Amiens (France), Guadalajara International Film Festival (Mexico) or the Palm Springs International Film Festival (USA).

The digital and social impact part of the project won the FIPA d'Or 2017 and was selected for the Visa d'Or for France TV. The directors were invited to participate in numerous conferences, notably in the presence of Dr Denis Mukwege (Nobel Peace Prize 2018) at the University of Angers. Edwy Plenel (Mediapart) said about Zero Impunity : “It’s the perfect pacific weapon”. 

They are currently working on their second animated feature film, Ghostdance, co-written with Canadian-born Abenaki filmmaker Kim O’Bomsawin and Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne (co-writer of Incendies by Denis Villeneuve). The film project dealing with feminicide and the question of gender equality is already noticed from the outset by the international animation film industry when it was selected for the Cartoon Movie in Bordeaux in 2019 and the prestigious Co-production Village Les Arcs Film festival

They are also working on the development of their first virtual reality film Soleils Noirs. The project has been selected to the prestigious CinéMart organized by the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in 2020.

In 2020, they are selected for being members of the Jury in the feature-length « Contrechamps » section during the 60th Annecy Festival. 

« Trilogy of sexual violence »

Invited by the Annecy Festival in 2020 to take also part in the prestigious « Leçons de cinéma » section among living legends of animation cinema like Jennifer Lee, Bruno Coulais, Ron Clements, John Musker, Henry Selick or Dean DeBlois, they announce their "Trilogy of Sexual Violence", of which Zero Impunity is the first part. Three cinematic variations of the same theme, completed by Ghostdance and Aimer moins.

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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 digital 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.

BLIES Brothers

Authors & Films directors

  • Nicolas Blies and Stéphane Hueber-Blies (also called Blies Brothers) are two film directors and scriptwriters who create their films together. Their cinema is considered as a cinema with a social impact because of its activist dimension.

    They started in the cinema by writing and directing the short film La Fabuleuse journée d'Emilie dealing with female paedophilia with Bernie Bonvoisin, Jean-Claude Dreyfus and journalist Denis Robert. The directors finally decided not to release the film, not finding it sufficiently successful.

    In 2015, they conceptualized the transmedia documentary Soundhunters in co-production with the Franco-German TV channel ARTE. The project was selected for the Prix Europa in Berlin, SXSW and the New York Film Festival. They won the Innovation Prize at FIPA 2015, le Prix Courrier International for the best web documentary at the « Mois du Webdocumentaire (Gaité Lyrique) in 2015 and the "Grand Prize" and the "Most Innovative Experience" at the Sichuan TV Festival in China.

    Their first feature-length as authors and directors is the social impact film Zero Impunity (2019). A film that the directors decided to accompany with a social impact campaign to fight impunity for sexual violence in wartime. The feature-length documentary mixes animation and real image. The film made its World Premiere in March 2019 at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Greece) before being in Official Competition at the Annecy Film Festival (France). The film was particularly noticed during the festival of Annecy as noted by journalist Nicolas George in the Chronique Culture on TV5. Le Figaro identifies the film as "a punching film" that "left Annecy speechless". 

    Since its release, Zero Impunity has been screened at numerous prestigious international festivals including Moscow International Film Festival (Russia), International Film Festival of Namur (Belgium), Mostra de Sao Paulo (Brazil), International Film Festival of Amiens (France), Guadalajara International Film Festival (Mexico) or the Palm Springs International Film Festival (USA).

    The digital and social impact part of the project won the FIPA d'Or 2017 and was selected for the Visa d'Or for France TV. The directors were invited to participate in numerous conferences, notably in the presence of Dr Denis Mukwege (Nobel Peace Prize 2018) at the University of Angers. Edwy Plenel (Mediapart) said about Zero Impunity : “It’s the perfect pacific weapon”. 

    They are currently working on their second animated feature film, Ghostdance, co-written with Canadian-born Abenaki filmmaker Kim O’Bomsawin and Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne (co-writer of Incendies by Denis Villeneuve). The film project dealing with feminicide and the question of gender equality is already noticed from the outset by the international animation film industry when it was selected for the Cartoon Movie in Bordeaux in 2019 and the prestigious Co-production Village Les Arcs Film festival

    They are also working on the development of their first virtual reality film Soleils Noirs. The project has been selected to the prestigious CinéMart organized by the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in 2020.

    In 2020, they are selected for being members of the Jury in the feature-length « Contrechamps » section during the 60th Annecy Festival. 

    « Trilogy of sexual violence »

    Invited by the Annecy Festival in 2020 to take also part in the prestigious « Leçons de cinéma » section among living legends of animation cinema like Jennifer Lee, Bruno Coulais, Ron Clements, John Musker, Henry Selick or Dean DeBlois, they announce their "Trilogy of Sexual Violence", of which Zero Impunity is the first part. Three cinematic variations of the same theme, completed by Ghostdance and Aimer moins.

Nicolas Blies and Stéphane Hueber-Blies (also called Blies Brothers) are two film directors and scriptwriters who create their films together. Their cinema is considered as a cinema with a social impact because of its activist dimension.

They started in the cinema by writing and directing the short film La Fabuleuse journée d'Emilie dealing with female paedophilia with Bernie Bonvoisin, Jean-Claude Dreyfus and journalist Denis Robert. The directors finally decided not to release the film, not finding it sufficiently successful.

In 2015, they conceptualized the transmedia documentary Soundhunters in co-production with the Franco-German TV channel ARTE. The project was selected for the Prix Europa in Berlin, SXSW and the New York Film Festival. They won the Innovation Prize at FIPA 2015, le Prix Courrier International for the best web documentary at the « Mois du Webdocumentaire (Gaité Lyrique) in 2015 and the "Grand Prize" and the "Most Innovative Experience" at the Sichuan TV Festival in China.

Their first feature-length as authors and directors is the social impact film Zero Impunity (2019). A film that the directors decided to accompany with a social impact campaign to fight impunity for sexual violence in wartime. The feature-length documentary mixes animation and real image. The film made its World Premiere in March 2019 at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Greece) before being in Official Competition at the Annecy Film Festival (France). The film was particularly noticed during the festival of Annecy as noted by journalist Nicolas George in the Chronique Culture on TV5. Le Figaro identifies the film as "a punching film" that "left Annecy speechless". 

Since its release, Zero Impunity has been screened at numerous prestigious international festivals including Moscow International Film Festival (Russia), International Film Festival of Namur (Belgium), Mostra de Sao Paulo (Brazil), International Film Festival of Amiens (France), Guadalajara International Film Festival (Mexico) or the Palm Springs International Film Festival (USA).

The digital and social impact part of the project won the FIPA d'Or 2017 and was selected for the Visa d'Or for France TV. The directors were invited to participate in numerous conferences, notably in the presence of Dr Denis Mukwege (Nobel Peace Prize 2018) at the University of Angers. Edwy Plenel (Mediapart) said about Zero Impunity : “It’s the perfect pacific weapon”. 

They are currently working on their second animated feature film, Ghostdance, co-written with Canadian-born Abenaki filmmaker Kim O’Bomsawin and Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne (co-writer of Incendies by Denis Villeneuve). The film project dealing with feminicide and the question of gender equality is already noticed from the outset by the international animation film industry when it was selected for the Cartoon Movie in Bordeaux in 2019 and the prestigious Co-production Village Les Arcs Film festival

They are also working on the development of their first virtual reality film Soleils Noirs. The project has been selected to the prestigious CinéMart organized by the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in 2020.

In 2020, they are selected for being members of the Jury in the feature-length « Contrechamps » section during the 60th Annecy Festival. 

« Trilogy of sexual violence »

Invited by the Annecy Festival in 2020 to take also part in the prestigious « Leçons de cinéma » section among living legends of animation cinema like Jennifer Lee, Bruno Coulais, Ron Clements, John Musker, Henry Selick or Dean DeBlois, they announce their "Trilogy of Sexual Violence", of which Zero Impunity is the first part. Three cinematic variations of the same theme, completed by Ghostdance and Aimer moins.

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