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Harrowing, moving and inspiring.
Despite its plodding tactics, the movie is an alarming witness.
Yoav Potash's moving, vivid documentary "Crime After Crime" will make you both angry and tearful, sometimes at the same time.
It reminds us, once again, that little can be quite so riveting as a well-told story from a compelling talking head.
Though rife with talking-head interviews and straightforwardly shot, the movie is quietly riveting and cumulatively galling.
...Peagler's story is one of many and this powerful documentary manages to inject fear into the spectator, knowing that it could also be their story. [Full review in Spanish]
While Crime After Crime's own storytelling can be awkward (the music soundtrack, heavy on sad piano and strings), it underlines repeatedly disparities in the so-called justice system.
On technical merits, Crime After Crime isn't a great film. But the story it chronicles is important, and its emotional impact is undeniable.
Director Yoav Potash acts as a true advocate for the battered women's movement in this involving doc.
"Crime After Crime" is such an astonishing story - you won't believe the twists and turns Peagler's case takes - that the movie holds up.
Any hopes that America's judicial system is improving are dashed in this gripping documentary about the horrible judicial treatment of Deborah Peagler.
"Crime after Crime" is an informative, incisive and emotional documentary about Deborah Peagler who was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life along with an accomplice for the murder of Oliver Wilson in 1983. When, as a teenager, she first met him, she found him charming but this was before he started pimping her out and abusing her. This was also at a time when women's shelters and similar programs were in their infancy. By 2002, California became the only state to allow new evidence of abuse to be allowed to mitigate old cases and reduce sentences.(By one count, 80% of women in prison are survivors of rape and/or abuse.) At that time, two land use lawyers, Nadia Costa and Joshua Safran, took up her case pro bono to try to secure Deborah's release.
While "Crime after Crime" occasionally goes off subject(but never to the point where the lawyers become more important than Deborah), the marathon metaphor turns out to be tragically apt as the case takes on more than its share of twists.(As Joshua puts it, God works in mysterious ways. And Kafka wrote non-fiction.) The documentary not only does an excellent job of untangling Deborah's case but also explores some of the conditions in prison. But unlike prisoners, prosecutors are not made to publicly repent past misdeeds and mistakes.
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