The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. For more information on films playing in the Cinémathèque, please call 773-281-4114. To order advance tickets online, visit the TicketWeb website by clicking here.
Chicago Theatrical Premiere
CRIME AFTER CRIME
Audience Award & Golden Gate Award San Franciso Intl Film Fest
"Crime After Crime is a deeply affecting account of the very real effect of political corruption, but also of resilience and grace" -Los Angeles Times
"This emotionally affecting documentary will move you like few films this year" -San Francisco Chronicle
"The wrenching documentary Crime After Crime favors the personal over the political, creating a no-frills portrait of a stoic and remarkably unembittered woman" -New York Times
"Riveting" -Slant Magazine
"It's hard to imagine a bigger bombshell being dropped in the lap of the Los Angeles District Attorney's office than Crime After Crime" -Variety
"Director Yoav Potash follows every revelation and setback with an urgency most fiction films can't muster" -Onion AV Club
Recommended! -NewCity Chicago
"A white-hot work of political and social outrage" -TimeOut Chicago
Crime After Crime tells the dramatic story of the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence. Her time in prison could not crush the spirit of this determined African-American woman, despite the wrongs she suffered, first at the hands of a duplicitous boyfriend who beat her and forced her into prostitution, and later by prosecutors who used the threat of the death penalty to coerce her into accepting a life sentence behind bars. Her story takes an unexpected turn two decades later when two rookie land-use attorneys step forward to take her case. Through their perseverance, they bring to light long-lost witnesses, new testimonies from the men who committed the murder, and proof of perjured evidence.
Shot over a five-and-a-half year period, Crime After Crime is a fascinating and penetrating look at a skewed justice system from the vantage of a remarkable and committed triumvirate taking on the powerful Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. This remarkable film also offers a rare glimpse into life behind bars at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla, the state's largest women's prison. Myriad twists and surprises unfold for the audience as they did for the director, making for an emotional roller coaster ride with pressing social content.
Directed by Yoav Potash, U.S.A., 2010, 95 mins.
Facets Film Dialogue
Therasa Zito, Director of Domestic Violence Services at Jane Addams Hull House Association, will be here for a Q&A after the 7:00 show on Friday, September 2.
Rob Warden, Executive Director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions (Northwestern School of Law) will be here for a Q&A after the 7:00 show on Monday, September 5.
Gail Smith, the Executive Director of the Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM) will be here in person for a Q&A after the 7 pm screening on Wednesday, September 7 as well as moderate a panel discussion.