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Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children.
In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago - and it put the city on the map. "Cocaine ... See full summary »
Nick Broomfield's second documentary on Aileen Carol Wuornos, a highway prostitute who was executed in 2002 for killing seven men in the state of Florida. This second installment includes the filmmaker's testimony at Wournous's trial.
Documentary depicts what happened in Rio de Janeiro on June 12th 2000, when bus 174 was taken by an armed young man, threatening to shoot all the passengers. Transmitted live on all ... See full summary »
Sandro do Nascimento,
Luiz Eduardo Soares
A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century."
Jean François Heckel,
"The Trials of Darryl Hunt" is a feature documentary about a brutal rape/murder case and a wrongly convicted man, Darryl Hunt, who spent nearly twenty years in prison for a crime he did not... See full summary »
Berlinger and Sinofsky's documentary of a gruesome triple murder in West Memphis, Arkansas and the subsequent trials of three suspects, takes a hard look at both the occult and the American justice system in 'small-town' America. Three teenagers are accused of this horrific crime of killing three children, supposedly as a result of involvement in Satanism. As in their previous documentary, things turn out to be more complex than initial appearances and this film presents the real-life courtroom drama to the viewer, as it unfolds. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
In August 2011, after eighteen years in prison, Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols, and Jessie Misskelley (known as "The West Memphis Three") entered an "Alford" plea (which allows them to maintain their innocence while simultaneously acknowledging that the state likely has enough evidence to convict them). They were given credit for the time they had already served and freed instantly. Echols said that if not for the films made about the case by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, the Arkansas justice system "would have murdered me, swept this under the rug, and I wouldn't be anything but a memory right now." See more »
Damien Wayne Echols:
I knew from when I was real small people were gonna know who I was, I always had that feeling... I just never knew how they were gonna learn. I kind of enjoy it now because even after I die, people are gonna remember me forever. People are gonna talk about me for years. People in West Memphis will tell their kids stories... It'll be sorta like I'm the West Memphis boogie man. Little kids will be looking under their beds - "Damien might be under there!"
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Despite all the praise this documentary has received, I did not find it
very moving at all. Granted, it was a horrible crime, and the footage
of the three young victims' bodies was shocking and almost unwatchable.
But most of this film serves only to expose the extreme incompetence of
everyone involved in the case.
With regard to the wrongly(?) accused boys -- never have I seen three
innocent people put up such a weak, pathetic fight for their innocence.
Most of the time, they stare doe-eyed and slack-jawed in front of the
camera, seemingly uninterested in their own fates. Sure, these boys
were only 16-17 years old and very scared, but they seem to have no
intuition for survival whatsoever in this life-or-death situation. Any
realistic grasp of the situation eludes these boys completely -- they
behave almost as if they're playing a part in a movie. It is quite
possible, and perhaps even probable, that they are indeed innocent, but
they themselves do not seem to care, and so dear viewer, why should
The overwhelming impression I get from these boys is that they lead
very boring lives in a very stagnant town, and they know that this
whole case is the most exciting thing that will ever happen to them.
They seem interested not in the issue of their guilt or innocence, but
rather in the surreal quality of their quasi-celebrity (in the end,
Damien waxes romantic over the notion that his name will become famous
in West Memphis as a synonym for "bogeyman", scaring generations of
children to come). They are genuinely pleased with all of the attention
they're receiving -- not that they have much to say, but they're just
happy that someone is asking.
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