“The Reckoning” Makes an Impact in the Blogosphere

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The Reckoning on the website of ENOUGH

The national broadcast of The Reckoning on Tuesday evening triggered an outpouring of support for the film from bloggers passionate about international justice and ending impunity for those who commit crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide.

Over the past month, nearly 200 bloggers have written about the film, recommending it to others and using The Reckoning as a jumping-off point for discussion and debate about the questions raised in the film — such as whether the United States should join the International Criminal Court, and whether the court is the best means by which the world might achieve peace and justice for the worst of humanity’s crimes.

Enough, a project of the Center for American Progress that is dedicated to ending genocide posted about the film several times on their blog including one post that features a video interview with Paco de Onis, the producer of The Reckoning. On Wednesday, they held a live webcast discussion hosted by Enough policy expert Colin Thomas-Jensen. The video of their discussion will be available soon on their website.

WITNESS featured a blog post by our own Eliza Licht, director of community engagement and education, on their amazing HUB network, where anyone can upload pictures, audio and video related to human rights violations. The Hub includes documentation of actual events, as well as stories from those who have had their rights violated and those working to uphold human rights around the world. The Hub is organized by topic so you can easily access information about the crimes mentioned in The Reckoning, such as the use of children as soldiers, mass killings and the use of rape as a war tactic.

Other organizations that recommended the film with blog posts and promotional links included Amnesty International, Save Darfur, Citizens for Global Solutions and the Take Part Social Network. Thanks to all the blogs who gave a shout out to this important and compelling documentary.

If you missed The Reckoning on PBS, you can watch it online starting today through August 15, 2009. We look forward to reading more of the great discussion going on amongst viewers of The Reckoning. If you’ve read something interesting that you want to share, please enter links and quotes in the comment section below!

  • Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    FOREIGNID: 19204
    Powerful program. How can we get the US to join the International Court? Who do we contact? I’d really like to know.

  • Laura

    FOREIGNID: 19212
    I’m am very impressed by the procecutors working in the ICC and the filmakers who brought this show to us. The ICC is a baby! Only started in 2002! How can we help the viability and growth of the ICC?

  • Theresa Riley

    FOREIGNID: 19213
    Dear Lynn and Laura,
    Thank you for your comments! To find out more about the ICC, and supporting its work, I would encourage you to visit IJCentral.org. The filmmakers have created this site to keep people updated on news regarding the ICC and to advocate for the ICC, international justice and peace. I would also say that some of the sites mentioned above are working on campaigns in support of the ICC.
    Theresa at POV

  • Julia Roberts

    FOREIGNID: 19228
    The Reckoning–what an education! I didn’t think I could watch it, but I made myself–and I’m so glad that I did. I knew the Bush Administration, via John Bolton, was fighting the formation of the ICC, but what’s with the Obama Administration? Where’s the talk, where’s the transparency–and, most of all–where’s the LEADERSHIP? Is the U.S. going to continue to stick its head in the sand and turn a blind eye to the atrocities that occur around the world? Please–no more of that!
    Thank you for this tremendously important documentary!

  • karen

    FOREIGNID: 19246
    I’d like to see PBS more fully explore the reasons why the US, Russia and China feel it would be detrimental to join the Court. I understand the Obama administration is “considering” it but are certainly not jumping in wholeheartedly!
    Does the ICC have a future plan to get “teeth” so as to have the ability to actually arrest these criminals?

  • Jane Walsh

    FOREIGNID: 19247
    Your documentary helped me understand the complexities of trying criminals in an international court of law. However complex, Moreno-Campo and his team’s message was simple and straightfoward…crimes against humanity will continue as long as the world allows impunity for the criminals.
    I also wonder where the Obama administration stands regarding the US joining the ICC.
    Thanks for the education. I intend to keep myself informed and involved.
    Jane Walsh 11:30 PM July 19, 2009

  • http://ijcentral.org Paco de Onís

    FOREIGNID: 19253
    As the Producer of “The Reckoning” I encourage all of you who want to get involved and stay informed about international justice to visit http://IJCentral.org and become members (or at least join our email list) so that we can keep you updated and let you know when there are actions to be taken. Right now you can click on “Support the Court” on the home page of IJCentral in order to send a message to President Obama.

  • http://www.pbs.org/pov/reckoning/perspectives_heritage.php Theresa Riley

    FOREIGNID: 19254
    Dear Karen,
    You can explore more of the reasons the U.S. government is hesitant (and in some cases, resistant) to joining the court in this opinion piece by two analysts at the Heritage Foundation.
    This video featuring an extended interview with former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton also delves into the reasons the United States might have for not joining the ICC.

  • NLF

    FOREIGNID: 19388
    To Julia Roberts: or is it???. I couldn’t caare less.
    You did not push the Bush Administration, just like millions or billions of white americans, that were a product of the vickings that exploited the Indians.
    Now you start pushing the Obama Adminstration in 6 months, although he has done more than the Bushes did in 11 years. Start counting if you didn’t comprehend it.