The Art of Argument

Student Verzio
Gereon Wetzel
Melanie Liebheit
Germany
2018
97min
German, English

Frederico Frost, a top agent for Riesland’s intelligence service, hands over gigabytes of data to the press in neighboring Amestonia—proving Riesland's mass surveillance of Amestonia and its citizens. The subsequent diplomatic crisis brings the two nations directly before the International Court. This fictional case, inspired by the Edward Snowden scandal, is the setting for the Jessup Moot Court, the world championship in international law. About 150 teams from top universities across the globe gather to compete as lawyers for the two fictional nations. In simulated trials, the teams find loopholes, persuade top judges, and checkmate their competitors rhetorically. Who said that law was boring?

Projections: 
11.07. Wednesday 18:00
Művész
English & Hungarian Subtitles
Co-director: 
Melanie Liebheit
Producer: 
Florian Brüning
Thomas Herberth
Editor: 
Gereon Wetzel
Melanie Liebheit
Camera: 
Gereon Wetzel
Sound: 
Melanie Liebheit
Production info: 
Horse&Fruits Filmproduction
Festivals: 
CPH:DOX, DOK Fest München