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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.
I have seen this series and it's extremely powerful.
It's amazing what these young men went through. Read more
I apologize for this deeply but I ordered this on May 23, 2015 and as of today June 17, 2015 it is still not here. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Valicisa Stokes
I'm giving it 1 star, and wish I could give it a minus star, something like a -100 would be more appropriate. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Tim Kasey
I am a true story crime fan but now after this doc, I'd rather read about it. The visuals of the mutilated boys at the beginning made me shut my eyes and warn anyone not to watch... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Shirley Sorenson
excellent documentary but it was missing the second half of the storyPublished 1 month ago by Carolyn Johnson