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The Witness (2015)

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The brother of Kitty Genovese investigates the circumstances of her murder and the truth of the story that dozens of locals witnessed the crime and did nothing to intervene.

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Bill Genovese's decade-long journey to unravel the truth about the mythic death and little-known life of his sister, Kitty, who was reportedly stabbed in front of 38 witnesses and became the face of urban apathy. THE WITNESS begins in 2004 when The Times questions its original story: the number of witnesses, what they observed, the number of attacks. None was more affected by the story than Bill. He vowed not to be like the 38, volunteered for Vietnam, and lost both legs. What if Kitty's mythic story is an urban myth? Breaking his family's half-century of silence, Bill seeks to find the truth confronting the witnesses, the killer, their families and his own. THE WITNESS is about bearing witness, loss and forgiveness, and what we owe each other. Written by Anonymous

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The Real Story of Kitty Genovese
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Watching "The Witness," there was never a moment dull moment. This film made me question what the media puts out. It has taught me to question everything, and to not believe everything I read. This film tells the story of Kitty Genovese, who was murdered while she was walking home from work in Queens, New York in 1964. Bill Genovese investigates the murder of his sister to find out the truth about what happened that night, and why the media gave the readers of the New York Times false information.


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