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Watchers of the Sky offers a consistently gripping look at one man's incredible legacy, even if it can't hope to offer a comprehensive overview of a huge, complicated subject. Read critic reviews

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The life of Raphael Lemkin, the man who first used the term genocide.

Cast & Crew

Jenny Golden
Producer
Karen Sim
Producer
Stanley F. Buchthal
Executive Producer
Dan Cogan
Executive Producer
Elizabeth Bohart
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Claudio Ragazzi
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Mai Iskander
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  • Belzberg presents a view of modern challenges in combating genocide that, while not entirely thorough, is a sobering reminder of the difficulty of those efforts.

    October 16, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • The movie feels too short at two hours; it offers a worthwhile overview of the subjects but doesn't treat any of them in much depth.

    November 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Even at two hours - an eternity for a doc - the movie never feels too long.

    October 30, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It isn't a hopeful story, but it is a story of how committed people have fought and struggled to create the possibility for hope in the future.

    October 22, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Watchers of the Sky takes on a vast subject - genocide over the past century - and manages to be not just coherent but poetically moving.

    October 17, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The sheer amount of information that Belzberg had to organize, and fit into a seamless whole, is awe-inspiring. The pace feels like an unstoppable river, the current of history, the continuum of atrocity that Lemkin and others sensed.

    October 17, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Belzberg presents a view of modern challenges in combating genocide that, while not entirely thorough, is a sobering reminder of the difficulty of those efforts.

    October 16, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • The movie feels too short at two hours; it offers a worthwhile overview of the subjects but doesn't treat any of them in much depth.

    November 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Even at two hours - an eternity for a doc - the movie never feels too long.

    October 30, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It isn't a hopeful story, but it is a story of how committed people have fought and struggled to create the possibility for hope in the future.

    October 22, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The way the film smoothly transitions from live-action to animation, from today's struggles to Lemkin's past, shows how much of Lemkin's experiences, including what he fought against, remain tragically relevant to this day.

    June 11, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • Moves beyond outrage at singular atrocities. . .to credit Lemkin's prescience in demonstrating difficulty in identifying genocide, to stop it, and meting out punishment.

    December 9, 2014 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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