A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.
Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top killer whale trainer. Blackfish shows the sometimes devastating consequences of keeping ... See full summary »
Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.
From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.
West of Memphis is an examination of a failure of justice in Arkansas. The documentary tells the hitherto unknown story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to bring the truth to light. Told and made by those who lived it, the filmmakers' unprecedented access to the inner workings of the defense, allows the film to show the investigation, research and appeals process in a way that has never been seen before; revealing shocking and disturbing new information about a case that still haunts the American South. Written by
Some time travel came to me this week by way of a series of DVD documentaries I viewed over the last few days. The only way to describe the experience is as though I became a 17th century citizen of Salem Massachusetts and witnessed firsthand a witch trial. Without a doubt, these films present a frightening look at 20th century American political and religious relationships and what the rest of 21st century America could expect. To paraphrase the introductory tag line of the currently popular courtroom TV series, "the cases are real, the people are real and the verdict is final". The possibilities are chilling. Watch at least the last film, "West Memphis", which gives an excellently crafted overview and update of the first three. You will be, as I was, challenged intellectually and emotionally and you will come away with an opinion, good, bad or ugly. I highly recommend but not for the squeamish.
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