Sander Wirken

Dhr. Sander Wirken joined the University of Amsterdam as a PhD researcher in 2012. His research is focused on transitional justice, organized crime and the rule of law, with case studies on Guatemala and Colombia.
Whilst doing his PhD research, he also made a documentary called “Burden of Peace” about Claudia Paz y Paz, who became Guatemala’s first female Attorney General in 2010. The ideas developed during the PhD research fed into the process of making the documentary, whilst working on the documentary generated great access to the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Guatemala. The documentary was nominated for the Golden Calf for Best Documentary and won several awards at film festivals around the world. Visit his talk to learn more about the interplay of documentary filmmaking and academic research!
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“Burden of Peace” trailer


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