Director's Bio

Judy Jackson has won many awards for her documentaries about Human Rights. Early in her career, at CBC's 'the fifth estate', she documented the abuses of Dictators in Chile, Argentina and Guatemala. Then, working from England, (BBC, ITV and C4), she made films including 'The Hidden Holocaust' (Guatemala), 'In Search of the Assassin' (Central America'). Her film 'They Shoot Children, Don't They?' (Guatemala), about street children murdered by the police, resulted in irate viewers writing in such numbers to the BBC, Amnesty International and the Guatemalan Government that policemen were finally convicted.

Returning to Canada, she made films such as 'The Toughest Job in The World', following Louise Arbour, then Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court for the Former Yugoslavia as she indicted Slobodan Milosevic for barbarity in the Balkans.

Her most recent film, 'The Ungrateful Dead: In Search of International Justice' documents the establishment of the International Criminal Court and the rebirth of International Justice. Made for History Television, it is narrated by Peter Gabriel who says:

I believe this new move is, for the first time,
responding to the cries of the victims by bringing the
bodies of the dead back to their loved ones and
seeking justice for them"

 

 

 

Jackson is presently working to complete a trilogy of documentaries about the work of UN HIV/AIDS envoy to Africa, Stephen Lewis, for CBC's The Nature of Things. After the broadcast of the last documentary 'The Value Of Life', viewers across Canada were so moved that, within a week, they donated more than $120,000 to The Stephen Lewis Foundation which helps projects in Africa. The new documentary (working title: 'The Man Who Couldn't Sleep') will be broadcast at the end of the 2006.