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‘The Cranes Call’ Director Laura Warner on Shadowing the Clooney Foundation and Uncovering Russian War Crimes in Tribeca Doc

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Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent To make war crimes doc “The Cranes Call,” which premiered at Tribeca on Sunday, director Laura Warner embedded with investigator Anya Neistat of the Clooney Foundation for Justice.

While in Ukraine, Warner watched Neistat as she doggedly documented evidence of human rights abuses to bring Russian commanders and soldiers to trial in courts across Europe.

Neisat worked closely with Solomiia Stasiv, her young Ukrainian interpreter, who quickly became her invaluable sidekick as they traveled to all corners of Ukraine and spoke to survivors of violence, sifting through wreckage and piecing together clues from a still ongoing conflict.

Warner and the doc’s executive producer Siobhan Sinnerton spoke to Variety about the challenges of making this slow-burning thriller-like piece. How did the project originate?

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