CHAU, BEYOND THE LINES and THE TESTIMONY were shortlisted for the short documentary section of the 2016 Academy Awards. Director Courtney Marsh (Chau, Beyond the Lines) and Director Vanessa Block (The Testimony) share their trailers, clips and insight learned while completing their inspiring and heartbreaking documentaries. From the impassioned journey of a 16-year-old teenager disabled by the effects of Agent Orange in Vietnam to the the largest rape tribunal in Congo’s history we discuss the resilience of survivors in this uncensored BYOD interview hosted by Ondi Timoner.
THE TESTIMONY chronicles the largest rape trial in Congo’s history, offering an unprecedented glimpse into the lives of its women and the unshakable strength of the human spirit.In November 2012, the M23 rebels drove the Congolese Army out of the Eastern city of Goma. Shamed and demoralized, government soldiers retreated to Minova, where they systematically raped hundreds of their own civilians. The atrocity drew international outrage, the global community promising intervention.
Vanessa Block is a producer and director, known for The Testimony (2015), Life Line Booth (2014) and Away from War (2008).
CHAU, BEYOND THE LINES follows Chau, a teenager living in a Ho Chi Minh care center for children disabled by Agent Orange, battles with the reality of his dream to one day become a professional artist.
Courtney Marsh is a filmmaker and activist originally from South Florida. She retained her BFA from UCLA. Upon graduating, Courtney worked extensively in the camera department under the mentorship of Salvatore Totino, ASC, AIC. Her short films have screened internationally and she has participated in programs with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences as well as Film Independent. Courtney currently resides in Los Angeles and is screening Chau, beyond the lines internationally, trying to bring awareness and encourage the dioxin cleanup in Vietnam.