Holocaust Trial Doc in the Works From Barry Avrich, Weinstein Co.
'Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz' explores the life of the Einsatzgruppen Case's chief prosecutor, with the director donating his net profits to charity.
Barry Avrich's next documentary will center on Ben Ferencz, the chief prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen Case, one of 13 trials held for war crimes during the Holocaust.
Additionally, the film's worldwide rights, with the exception of Canada, have been acquired by The Weinstein Company. It somewhat reunites Avrich and Harvey Weinstein, as the latter attempted to thwart Avrich's 2011 doc about the film mogul by co-distributing it. (Weinstein also hosted a bash for Avrich's book release last year.)
Avrich's net profits from the film will be donated to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial's Ferencz International Justice Initiative.
Entitled Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz, the doc — written, directed and executive produced by Avrich — will chronicle the life of Benjamin Ferencz, from his emigration to the U.S. to evade the persecution of Hungarian Jews, to becoming the chief prosecutor for the United States in the Einsatzgruppen Case, held in Nuremberg, Germany, after World War II. He is responsible for the establishment of the International Criminal Court at The Hague.
"Without Ben Ferencz, the lives of a million slaughtered Jews would not have been avenged,” stated Avrich. “There is simply no other individual in modern history that has made a comparable and relentless contribution to criminal justice."
“Benjamin Ferencz made sure that the atrocities of the Holocaust and those who committed these crimes against humanity reaped the consequences of their horrific actions,” stated TWC president and COO David Glasser. “He’s a modern-day hero and we’re thrilled to work with Barry on this film and help share this story with audiences throughout the world.”
Avrich's other docs centered on Penthouse founder Bob Guccione, industry heads Lew Wasserman and Garth Drabinsky, and comedy icons David Steinberg and Jackie Mason. His last doc, Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World, explored the contemporary art scene.