Morehouse College Human Rights Film Fest

In Search of a Better World

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IN SEARCH OF A BETTER WORLD is the remarkable story of Payam Akhavan, one of the world’s leading human rights lawyers. Born in Iran, Payam came to Canada at the age of nine with his family, fleeing persecution by the Islamic Republic because of their Baha’i Faith. Inspired by a 16 year-old woman who was hanged in Iran as a member of the Baha'i Faith, Payam committed his life in her memory to fight for justice for others, Payam has served in the field with the UN in Bosnia, Croatia, Cambodia, Guatemala and Rwanda. He has appeared as counsel and advocate in leading cases before the world’s highest courts including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.


Dr. Akhavan is a professor of international law at McGill University. In 2017, Payam was selected as the CBC Massey Lecturer and crisscrossed Canada with his best-selling book ''In Search of a Better World''. This documentary takes viewers on a dramatic journey from his roots in Iran, to the World Court at The Hague and notably to the Rohingya Refugee camps in Bangladesh, as Payam builds a legal case against Myanmar's Military and State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi for genocide and crimes against humanity.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    78 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    Canada
  • Director
    Mary Darling, Robbie Hart
  • Producer
    Robbie Hart