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October 31–November 6, 2014

Chicago Premiere


Facets Film Dialogue
with co-filmmaker Katy Chevigny

Film still: E-Team Film still: E-Team


Cinematography Award
Grand Jury Prize
Film Fest
  —Hollywood Reporter
"Outstandingly gripping and heartbreaking"
"A dynamic and immersive piece of you-are-there verité... sharp storytelling, death-defying videography and engrossing protagonists"
"[A] gorgeous documentary of seductive form but serious sentiment"
  —NewCity Chicago

When atrocities are committed in countries held hostage by ruthless dictators, Human Rights Watch sends in the E-Team (Emergencies Team), a collection of fiercely intelligent individuals hired to document war crimes and report them to the rest of the world. Within this volatile climate, filmmakers Ross Kauffman (Born into Brothels) and Katy Chevigny (Election Day, Deadline) take us to the frontline in Syria and Libya. 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 document and capture the world's attention. They also immediately challenge the responsible decision makers, holding them accountable as human rights abuses thrive on secrecy and silence.

The E-Team are brave individuals who happen to be willing to work in the most adverse situations and with shrapnel flying and land mines underfoot, these courageous observers strive to guarantee that history will not forget, who must balance working in extreme danger with the demands of ordinary life and family. Sadly, the film's credits note that cinematographer James Foley disappeared in Syria after the filming for E Team was complete. The threats are real.

Directed by Ross Kauffman and Katy Chevigny, 2013, U.S.A., 88 mins. In English, French, German, Russian and Arabic with English subtitles.

Co-filmmaker Katy Chevigny will be here for a Q&A after all screenings on Monday, November 3.


  • Fri., Oct. 31 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Nov. 1 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Nov. 2 at 6 & 8 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Nov. 3–6 at 7 & 9 pm
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The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. Call the Cinémathèque Hotline at 773.281.4114 for the latest schedule, showtimes and updates.

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  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation