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Fantastic Lies 

A documentary examination of the accusations of sexual misconduct against the Duke University lacrosse team that were ultimately found to be baseless


Marina Zenovich
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Episode credited cast:
Joe Alleva Joe Alleva ... Self
Bradley Bannon ... Self
Bill Bell Bill Bell ... Self
Richard H. Brodhead Richard H. Brodhead ... Self
Jackie Brown Jackie Brown ... Self
Delois Burnette Delois Burnette ... Self
William Chafe William Chafe ... Self
Joe Cheshire Joe Cheshire ... Self
James E. Coleman James E. Coleman ... Self
Jim Coman Jim Coman ... Self
Jim Cooney Jim Cooney ... Self
Roy Cooper ... Self
Shawn Cunningham Shawn Cunningham ... Self
Tricia Dowd Tricia Dowd ... Self
Dave Evans Dave Evans ... Self


A documentary examination of the accusations of sexual misconduct against the Duke University lacrosse team that were ultimately found to be baseless

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An Excellent In-depth Examination of a Controversial Event
13 March 2016 | by JustCuriositySee all my reviews

I had the opportunity to see the World Premiere of Fantastic Lies at Austin's SXSW Film Festival last night. It was very well-received. It will premiere tonight – for the 10th anniversary - on ESPN's 30 for 30 series although it is a film that goes well beyond issues of sports. The documentary is a very even-handed attempt to examine the tragedy of the Duke Lacrosse rape case. The tragedy appears to be that 3 young men had their lives nearly ruined by a false allegation of a rape that never happened. The rape accusation was exploited by an ambitious prosecutor and various other forces looking to address existing – and very real concerns – about class and race in Durham, NC. The film explores the evidence and talks to many of those close to the case such as the parents of some of the accused lacrosse players. It presents a thorough examination of the ugly events and political shenanigans around them. While some questions remain unanswered – and perhaps are unanswerable – the film fits in well with so many other documentaries of innocent people accused of crimes they didn't commit. In that sense, it fits in with the many documentaries made about the West Memphis Three, Cameron Willingham, Michael Morton and so many other cases where ambitious prosecutors have gotten ahead of their evidence.

The problem that bothered me is that it never really addressed the larger issues of the epidemic of campus sexual assault raised by the recent documentary, The Hunting Ground, and many other reports. This case seems to be an exceptional one when it comes to campus sexual assault where the politics led to a false accusation whereas the more common problem seems to be institutions that cover and protect sexual predators. It felt like that larger issue was left unaddressed. Still, the film is certainly recommended for those looking to understand a disturbing sequence of events at an elite university.

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