Klaarttje Quirijns

2007 52 min.

Original Version in French, English and Arabian with subtitles in Catalan and Spanish

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Technical specs

    • Director: Klaartje Quirijns
    • Director of Photography: Melle van Essen
    • Sound: Pieterjan Wouda
    • Editor: Katharina Wartena
    • Producer: Pieter van Huystee
    • Suitable for all audiences



“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……

About direction (Klaarttje Quirijns)

Klaartje Quirijns, the acclaimed director of THE BROOKLYN CONNECTION (, winner of the Golden Eagle Trophy and the Special Jury Prize at the Human Rights Festival Paris 2005 – ‘Pungent and pointed…THE BROOKLYN CONNECTION foreshadows the role the US may play in the next great international conflict – whether it knows it or not.’ Elliott Larkfield, Tribeca Film Festivalis working on her new film The Dictator Hunter. Klaartje Quirijns grew up in the Netherlands and has worked as a director and producer, for the leading public television stations in the Netherlands (VPRO, IKON and NPS).

Awards & Festivals

  • Toronto International Film Festival. Canada, 2007
  • Special Mentions – IDFA, The Netherlands, 2007
  • Award of Jury – International Film Festival of Human Rights. France, 2008