“If you kill one person, you go to jail. If you kill 40 people, they put you in an insane asylum. But if you kill 40,000 people, you get a comfortable exile with a bank account in another country, and that’s what we want to change here,” says Reed Brody.
He hunts dictators for a living as a lawyer for Human Rights Watch. For seven years, Brody has been chasing one former dictator in particular: Hissene Habré, the former leader of Chad, who is charged with killing thousands of his own countrymen in the 1980s.
Director Klaartje Quirijns has a keen instinct for exploring international politics through the eyes of memorable characters. Her previous film The Brooklyn Connection focused on a Kosovar arms smuggler. In Dictator Hunter we follow Brody over the course of two suspenseful years as he travels through Africa, Europe and the United States. He conducts diplomacy like the chess games he plays with his son. But in his work, the chess pieces are politicians, journalists and judges that Brody positions against his opponent.
The Dictator Hunter shows what it takes for one man to break the cycle of impunity……