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Witch Hunt (2008)

Unrated | | Documentary, Crime | 2 November 2008 (USA)
The story of several families who have their lives destroyed when their hometown is whipped into a frenzy by allegations of child molestation.


Don Hardy (as Don Hardy Jr.), Dana Nachman


Dana Nachman
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Credited cast:
Jack Cummings Jack Cummings ... Self - Accused of Child Molestation
Jackie Cummings Jackie Cummings ... Self - Accused of Child Molestation
Allen Grafton Allen Grafton ... Self - Accuser
Ed Jagels Ed Jagels ... Self - Kern County District Attorney (archive footage)
Brenda Kniffen Brenda Kniffen ... Self - Accused of Child Molestation
Scott Kniffen Scott Kniffen ... Self - Accused of Child Molestation
Carla Modahl Carla Modahl ... Self - Daughter of Jeffrey Modahl
Jeffrey Modahl Jeffrey Modahl ... Self - Accused of Child Molestation
Victor Monge Victor Monge ... Self - Accuser
Sean Penn ... Self - Narrator
Marcella Pitts Marcella Pitts ... Self - Accused of Child Molestation
Rick Pitts Rick Pitts ... Self - Accused of Child Molestation
Kathleen Ridolfi Kathleen Ridolfi ... Self - Northern California Innocence Project (as Kathleen 'Cookie' Ridolfi)
Ed Sampley Ed Sampley ... Self - Accuser
Linda Starr Linda Starr ... Self - Northern California Innocence Project


Executive Producer Sean Penn presents "Witch Hunt," a gripping indictment of the American justice system told through the lens of one small town. Voters in Bakersfield, California elected a tough on crime district attorney into office for more than 25 years. During his tenure he convicted dozens of innocent working class moms and dads. They went to prison, some for decades, before being exonerated. He remains in office today. This story on a micro level mirrors what the US has experienced over the last eight years. When power is allowed to exist without oversight civil rights are in jeopardy. Written by Dana Nachman

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Some convictions are criminal


Documentary | Crime



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[first lines]
title cards: There are more than 2 million people in American prisons today. This film is dedicated to the thousands of them who are actually innocent.
Narrator: [narration] The images of your life, picture them, on your refrigerator, in albums, frames. They capture every stage, change, celebration. Without them, how much do you remember? How much do you rely on these photos to remind you of the journey you've taken in life. Now imagine them gone. This is the first photo John Stoll has of is life. The rest...
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VERY good, but.......
4 July 2009 | by snapper100See all my reviews

You will have read other comments, obviously this was a travesty on every front for each family and everyone affected.

I was disappointed that it did not go in to any detail as to WHY the police just knocked on their doors with warrants and took their children away.

Who made the decision to just arrest these people and on what grounds - I think that's a question anyone would ask after watching it. People somewhere should have been bought to justice, surely!? You would certainly hope so.

Regardless this takes nothing away from a very interesting and shocking insight in to so called justice - replicated all around the world of course.

I would highly recommend watching Witch Hunt. I can only hope these poor people were given millions in compensation and can find some forgiveness.

Bless your souls!

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)| Dolby SR


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1.85 : 1
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