Witch Hunt (2008)
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Remember in the 80's, when Geraldo could find a pedophile or a Satanist on every street corner? This documentary covers the incident that arguably got the ball rolling.
Witch Hunt is an important documentary and shows that innocent people can still be convicted of crimes. It's a deeply disturbing, horrifying, and sad documentary about some different people in Bakersfield, CA who were wrongly accused of child molestation. Many of the charges were that they sexually assaulted their own kids. Sean Penn narrates Witch Hunt and there's something about his voice that is so effective at evoking a lot of emotion out of these innocent people's stories. The good news is that these people have been freed, but the bad news is that they last years and years of their life, and those responsible for putting them their have just gone on living their same normal lives. They withheld information and coached the kids on what to say in court. Watching it will make you sick, especially when you listen to the piece of shit DA who's been re-elected 6 or 7 times. It's sad that stuff like this can occur. We sit in the modern world and say that the Salem Witch Trials were stupid and ridiculous, but in reality it's all still happening.
interesting movie about mass hysteria and the ridiculous notion that children never lie. it doesn't have the brutally personal emotional wallop or the compelling footage of a movie like "capturing the friedmans" but the hysteria is on a much wider scale.
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