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Paradise Lost 1 & 2 (Joe Berlinger And Bruce Sinofsky) (2 Discs)

Paradise Lost 1 & 2 (Joe Berlinger And Bruce Sinofsky) (2 Discs)

Released on 27 June 2005

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On May the 6th 1993, the mutilated bodies of three 8 year-old boys: Christopher Byers, Steve Branch and Michael Moore, were found in a shallow creek in Robin Hood Hills, West Memphis, Arkansas. A short time later police arrested three local teenagers: Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley linking the boys killings to a satanic ritual. The three teens were then tried and convicted in a court of law. Damien Echols is currently on Death Row. The intriguing court case was about to unfold as filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky ventured forth to make this documentary. They captured footage of not only courtroom proceedings but also interviews with the major players in the trial - parents, suspects, lawyers. The film makes a clear argument that the court trial may not be about witchcraft but a witch hunt. There was no real evidence to support the fact that these three teens were involved in the murders. The police pressured Jesse into a confession. Upon listening to the confession it becomes obvious that he knew nothing about hate murders except from rumours he had heard and what the police had told him. As with any great drama, the faces and situations are etched upon the viewer; however, we are dealing with real lives and real crimes, told gruesomely by police photographs and videotape, and the impact is far greater. So too is the maddening ambivalence of the trial, a verdict is reached but the truth of this is questioned. Did the police make any fatal errors on the night of the crime? Do last minute clues lead to justice? who's lying on the stand? This is depicted as a provocative single incident that holds the mirror up to many of society's problems.
actorBruce Sinofsky
certificateExempt from Classification
directorJoe Berlinger ; Bruce Sinofsky
duration4 hours 40 minutes
languagesEnglish
region2
subtitlesFrench ; German ; Italian ; Japanese ; Spanish
year1996 ; 2000