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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.
You can decide for yourself after watching all three parts to this story if these children were treated fairly or if they were chosen because of the simple-minded.Published 11 months ago by Dawn M Abernathey
Paradise Lost - The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills is a great documentary - especially if you do not know the outcome. Which, when I first saw it, did not know the ending. Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by Byron W. Cork
Powerful and thought provoking look at American justice, and how we
treat those who are outsiders or 'different'. Read more
Let me state my prejudice at the outset: the story takes place in Arkansas, and the accents grated on my nerves the whole time. Read morePublished on May 11, 2012 by Barbara Frederick
I saw this documentary on HBO and thought it was terrific. It really showed the Justice system at work. Read morePublished on October 27, 2011 by tony
PARADISE LOST: THE CHILD MURDERS AT ROBIN HOOD HILLS (1996) is an interesting HBO Films documentary, the first of two, with a third and final part on the way (on HBO in January... Read morePublished on August 28, 2011 by E. (Harry) Hernandez
I kinda got sucked into a very interesting, yet disturbing, look at the judicial system by accident. Read morePublished on April 29, 2011 by Dkulmer
This movie is a 'must watch' for anyone directly involved in the criminal justice system, or for that matter, any citizen that lives in our great country. Read morePublished on April 11, 2011 by Joseph H. Race