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Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 13 October 2012 (Brazil)
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A further followup of the case of the West Memphis Three and the decades long fight to exonerate them that finally gained traction with new DNA evidence.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Gitchell ...
Himself - Former Chief Investigator, West Memphis Police (archive footage)
Todd Moore ...
Himself - Parent of Michael Moore (archive footage)
Dana Moore ...
Herself - Parent of Michael Moore (archive footage)
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Herself - Mother of Stevie Branch (archive footage)
Terry Hobbs ...
Himself - Stepfather of Stevie Branch
Melissa Byers ...
Herself - Mother of Christopher Byers (archive footage)
John Mark Byers ...
Himself - Stepfather of Christopher Byers
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Himself - Perpetrator (as Damien Echols)
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Himself - Perpetrator
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Himself - Perpetrator (as Jessie Misskelley Jr.)
John Philipsborn ...
Himself - Post-Conviction Attorney for Jason Baldwin
Don Horgan ...
Himself - Post-Conviction Attorney for Damien Echols
John N. Fogleman ...
Himself - Prosecuting Attorney (as John Fogleman)
Mike Allen ...
Himself - Detective, West Memphis Police (archive footage)
Domini Teer ...
Herself - Suspect's Girlfriend (archive footage)
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In 1993, a horrific triple child murder was discovered in West Memphis, Arkansas, but the reaction to it precipitated a horror of its own. This film follows up on the story of the three boys, called the West Memphis Three, who were convicted for this crime with questionable evidence. For years, the boys' fate sparked a mass movement striving to prove their innocence while the state is equally determined to avoid admitting it could have been wrong. Through the swirl of new evidence and suspects, the Three tell their own tale about enduring this injustice against the opinions of the victim's families in a debate that eventually came to an inadequate resolution. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Todd and Dana Moore, the parents of 8 year-old victim Michael, wrote a letter to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences asking that the film be removed from consideration. In the letter they said that the film glorifies Damien Wayne Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley. Director Joe Berlinger had in fact acknowledged during an interview with salon.com that he determined Echols was innocent after speaking with him for five minutes prior to the trial. Despite the Moore's request(or perhaps because of it) the film was nominated for Best Documentary, Features for the 84th Annual Academy Awards. It lost to Undefeated (2011). See more »

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Damien Wayne Echols: If I focused on the things I can't change, the things that have hurt me, what people have done to me, then they would have already broken me. They would have killed me inside and out. I can get up in the morning and I don't feel sorry for myself, I don't hate my life. You have a lot of people in here that all they can think about is what they don't have and how much they want out and how much they want something else. But for some reason, this situation has helped me to see more of what I do ...
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Closure, sometimes less
10 April 2016 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

There are some pretty eyeopening realizations raised by this case of the Memphis Three but for me these are poignantly tucked away in the first film. That one really was a searing depiction of ignorance and delusion worthy of Herzog, in large part because it was unfolding 'now' in some backwoods court that was deciding the lives of kids.

This has an altogether different aim. It presses a case that had by then garnered wide traction, attempts some investigative journalism about who really did it and offers a summation of a fight that was justly won, however late for these people. It was the third film at this point, everyone by now looks more accustomed to the presence of the camera, more self-conscious about us being there to see. It has closure and a moral.

So it doesn't feel like we are catching ignorance unawares and seeing it as it mangles lives. I see instead an article about how terrible it is. I'm glad that it documents what it does of course, dismayed at the redneck judge who is now in the state senate, but that's it.


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