MAR 18, 2013


‘West of Memphis’

Why: The case of the West Memphis Three—wherein three teenage outcasts in Arkansas were convicted of child murders they had nothing to do with—has already inspired three amazing films: Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s Paradise Lost trilogy, one of the great documentary works of American cinema. Amy J. Berg’s West of Memphis elegantly summarizes these previous films before breaking new ground, following the men of the West Memphis Three through their grossly imperfect plea deals and reentry into a world they were taken out of as kids. It’s a beautiful, infuriating film. (See Movie Times:

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