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One of the most influential documentaries in recent years, the Sundance favorite PARADISE LOST is an emotionally raw, must-see crime doc from two of today's most exciting filmmakers--Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (the team behind Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Brother's Keeper).
This dark odyssey began with the tragic murders of three 8-year-old boys, whose bodies were discovered in a shallow creek in West Memphis, Arkansas. The community demanded justice, and one month later the police delivered: three local teenagers accused of sacrificing the boys as part of a Satanic ritual. Despite overwhelming public antipathy towards them, defendants Damian Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley steadfastly maintained their innocence. Although the trial produced virtually no physical evidence connecting the defendants to the crime, the town, the jury, and the police felt that they had their killers, and used the young men s penchant for heavy metal music and black clothing and a fascination with the Wicca religion as evidence of their guilt.
With unprecedented access to all the players, Berlinger and Sinofsky captured the events as they unfolded before their cameras. From actual courtroom footage and clandestine jailhouse interviews to behind-the-scenes strategy meetings and intimate portraits of grief-stricken families, PARADISE LOST is a shocking yet uniquely American real-life drama.
Documentary does a good job of showing both sides of the victims and the accused.Published 20 hours ago by Ryan Boyd
This is a harrowing and difficult look at how the politics and religious fears of a small community can have devastating consequences for innocent kids. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Francis G Davis
I enjoy watching true crime movies. This was more interesting than most because it actually shows you the police interiews and interviews with family members and witnesses. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Carol Ervin
I love documentaries, and so does my husband, so we really enjoyed this movie.Published 1 month ago by Tiffany Boswell