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.
When Warren Jeffs rose to Prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, he took control of a religion with a history of polygamous and underage marriage. In a short time, ... See full summary »
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.
Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middleclass Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.
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
Fantastic documentary about a riveting case of corruption and murder
The West Memphis Three case is almost like a movie itself. Three eight year old boys murdered in a small town in Arkansas. The police relate it to satanism and track down three teenagers that could be possibly linked to those activities. he three are arrested and tried with two of them getting life and one on the death penalty. Then years go by and the evidence adds up that these three teenagers were wrongfully imprisoned and that the real killer is still out there. A lot of drama is involved and that's what makes the documentary excels at: informing and captivating.
The documentary covers the case from the start so even people just learning of the case can catch up. Then it concentrates on the three teenagers now adults trying to be set free only to be derailed by persistent ignorance, corruption, and greed. It's so fascinating and captivating that the running time isn't a factor and you become immersed in it. It covers new ground as well following what these people have done since the trials in 1994. It never loses sights on the dilemmas for these three men along with focusing on giving justice to those three murdered boys as well.
Overall, it's a fantastic documentary that informs and captivates on a brilliant level that packs in suspense, intrigue, and most importantly emotion.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?