Nicolas Blies, Stéphane Hueber-Blies, Denis Lambert

Luxembourg, France, 2018 / 90 min / French and English OV with French subt. (FR & EN OV with FR subt.) / Documentary, Animation

Investigations: Leila Minano, Hélène Molinari, Delphine Bauer, Cécile Andrezjewski, Justine Brabant, Sophie Tardy-Joubert, Ariane Puccini, Ilioné Schultz, Anne-Laure Pineau, Camille Jourdan, Marie-Alix Détrie, Julia Sirieix

Artistic collaboration: Olivier Crouzel

An animated documentary on a mission to end the use of weaponised rape in war.

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 having survived a vast array of cruelties, from Syrian prisons, the Donbass conflict in Ukraine, to civil wars on the African continent, and even into the American detention camp in Guantanamo Bay. Told through the eyes of inspiring survivors of armed conflict who are starting to mobilise, the film is a brutal reminder of how complicit international institutions are in the use of weaponised rape and of the repeated failures of the international justice system to hold aggressors to account.

Zero Impunity is more than just a film. It is a movement. An animated documentary – the centrepiece of a larger global transmedia campaign combining investigative journalism and activism - the film challenges the total impunity for the use of sexual violence in war.

In collaboration with the Institut français du Luxembourg.

Cast & Credits
Nicolas Blies, Stéphane Hueber-Blies
Aurélien Guégan
Mélissa Petitjean
Holland Andrews
Mélusine Productions, Camera Talk, WebSpider Productions
Indie Sales

Brothers Nicolas Blies (born in 1981) and Stéphane Hueber-Blies (born in 1976) are French authors and a filmmaking duo. They write (Arte’s Soundhunters), produce and direct their films together. Zero Impunity (2018) is their first feature film. They develop social impact films mixing the traditional world of cinema with that of new media exploring themes such as sexual violence in wartime (Zero Impunity), femicide or exclusion. In 2011 they co-founded the production company a_BAHN based in Luxembourg and quickly oriented the company's productions towards activist and committed productions. They also seized the opportunity to develop a_BAHN's productions in new formats, especially virtual reality. Committed feminists, they are currently involved in the creation of a European network of film producers and activists establishing an Ethics and Feminist Charter for the audiovisual field.

Denis Lambert is an illustrator by training and has worked in animation since 1995.  He has worked as layout supervisor or storyboard supervisor on films including Ari Folman's The Congress (2013), Tomm Moore's Song of the Sea (2014), The Breadwinner (2017) by Nora Twomey, and Ethel and Ernest (2016) by Roger Mainwood. Zero Impunity (2018) is his first experience as a director.

  • 2018 – Zero Impunity