Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz (2018) - Rotten Tomatoes

Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz (2018)

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Barry Avrich's gripping new documentary tells the fascinating story of Ben Ferencz -- the last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor and lifelong advocate of "law not war." After witnessing Nazi concentration camps shortly after liberation, Ferencz became lead prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen case at Nuremberg, which has been called the biggest murder trial in history. He was27 years old and it was his first trial. All 22 Nazi officials tried for murdering over a million peoplewere convicted. Ferencz went on to advocate for restitution for Jewish victims of the Holocaust and later for the establishment of the International Criminal Court. His fight for justice for victims of atrocity crimes continues today.

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Critic Reviews for Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

His energy never seems to flag, in a film that pays full tribute to him - while also sounding the alarm that his work is more urgent than ever.

November 29, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Though humble in terms of production, the straightforward doc contains enough dramatic anecdotes (and, we're required to add, sufficient relevance to current events) that it merits screening outside educational settings.

September 14, 2018 | Full Review…

What we have with Barry Avrich's inspiring and eloquent documentary Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz is the American Dream meeting mankind's nightmare.

September 10, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Ferencz's story has all the gravitas of a tragic history play...

November 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Prosecuting Evil gets almost all of its details straight from the mouth of its titular legal icon; a man so well spoken and passionate about what he does that not much else is needed to convey the importance and nuance of his tireless work.

November 29, 2018 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

Avrich basically points the camera and listens to a hero from an era when we still had heroes. Hanging over the entire film, but barely addressed, is that these aren't the best days to be asking the best of humanity.

November 29, 2018 | Rating: B-plus | Full Review…

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