“Hacking Justice”, a MEDIAPRO production about Julian Assange’s defence team led by Baltasar Garzón, is set to premiere at DocsBarcelona
The documentary goes behind the scenes of the defence team’s court preparations for the case without precedent with privileged access to the protagonists and the insides of the Ecuadorian Embassy
“Hacking Justice” (“El juez y el rebelde”), produced by the MEDIAPRO Group, is set to make its debut in the official section at the upcoming Docsbarcelona International Documentary Film Festival, which is to take place from the 18th to the 28th May. With privileged fly-on-the-wall access to the protagonists and the Ecuadorian Embassy, the documentary charts the fight by the Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón to get Sweden to withdraw its European arrest warrant against the founder of Wikileaks.
The Spanish law-maker has been leading Assange’s team of lawyers since 2012. In “Hacking Justice” viewers get an insider look into the defence’s team’s preparations for a case which has no historical precedent, which has to rely on large amounts of imagination, knowledge and courage to open up new frontiers. One of the specific characteristics of this unique case is the involvement of 6 countries (Australia, Sweden, the UK, Ecuador, Switzerland, and the USA), plus the EU jurisdiction as well as the UN and two very different legal systems: ‘Common Law’, which is inspired by Anglo-Saxon law and Roman law which is the backbone of the Spanish and Ecuadorian legal systems.
Baltasar Garzón and Julian Assange take centre-stage in the documentary, with unique footage from inside the Ecuadorian Embassy, moments of real tension and suffering and the gradual decline of Assange, who is forced to live a space no bigger than 30 m2. But viewers also get to see the meetings of the his team of lawyers, their journeys around the world, and the diplomatic offensive, with testimony from Michael Ratner, Assange’s lawyer in the USA, Renata Ávila, a Guatemalan lawyer specialising in Human Rights, Sarah Harrisson, investigations director at Wikileaks and Ricardo Patiño, the Ecuadorian Foreign Secretary.
The back-story is the fight for the control of information, the influence of the intelligence services, the lack of transparency, the function of the mass media and the delicate balance between individual rights and state security. The upcoming election on the 2nd April in Ecuador will decide Assange’s future, with the possibility of being forced to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy and probable extradition to the USA hanging over him.
Clara López Rubio, film director and historian, and Juan Pancorbo, a journalist and translator, co-direct the documentary produced by MEDIASUR (MEDIAPRO Group) and Inselfilm (Berlin) in co-production with Canal Sur and WDR and with the support of the History Channel, RTBF, VRT and TSR.