E-TEAM follows the intrepid and often hazardous work of four human rights investigators as they document abuses in the midst of conflict zones in Syria and Libya. The investigators are members of the Emergencies Team, or E-Team, of an international human rights organization. Human rights abuses thrive on secrecy and silence – the job of the E-Team is to tear away the secrecy and give a voice to the victims whose stories might otherwise never be heard.
KATY CHEVIGNY, DIRECTOR/PRODUCER Katy Chevigny is an award-winning filmmaker and co-founder of Arts Engine, a leading independent media nonprofit and its production arm, Big Mouth Films. She... more»
ROSS KAUFFMAN, DIRECTOR/PRODUCER Ross Kauffman is the director, producer, cinematographer and co-editor of Born Into Brothels, winner of the 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Kauffman began... more»
Filmmakers Kauffman and Chevigny have extensive experience making documentaries with complex legal, political or social narratives. Their respective films have demonstrated an ability to tell human rights stories and because of that, HRW has entrusted them to document this important investigative work in an entirely independent documentary effort that portrays the complexity, difficulty and importance of human rights work, and does not merely lionize the organization. The film draws upon the cinema vérité style, traveling with E-Team members on missions, interacting with one another and alleged victims, documenting their work as it unfolds in the field.