Network Media

The E-Team

Funded by: Pershing Square Foundation, JustFilms, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Tribeca Film Institute, Bertha Foundation, Catapult Film Fund, Sundance Institute, Candescent Films, Impact Partners

This documentary follows the Emergencies Team — or E-Team — the boots on the ground division of a respected, international human rights group. Arriving as soon as possible after allegations of human rights abuse surface, the E-Team uncovers crucial evidence to determine if further investigation is warranted and, if so, to investigate, document, and capture the world’s attention. They also immediately challenge the responsible decision makers, holding them accountable. Human rights abuses thrive on secrecy and silence, and the work of the E-Team, backed by their international human rights organization, has shone light in dark places and given voice to thousands whose stories would never otherwise have been told.

Using a cinema verite approach, the camera embeds with the E-Team investigators in the field as they piece together the actual events that take place in various troubled spots around the globe. Together they smuggle across the border into Syria to conduct undercover investigations as the civil war rages; amidst bullets and bombs we watch as Fred and Peter work to halt human rights abuses in the aftermath of the Gaddafi regime. We also spend time with each E-Team member at home — from a quiet farm outside of Geneva to bustling urban lives in Berlin and Paris — as they balance the intricacies of family and personal relationships within the challenges of their exceptional work life. Find out more on the film’s website.