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Crime after Crime

Yoav Potash

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Dutch premiere

Festival year: 2012

Californian woman Deborah Peagler was sentenced to life in prison for her involvement in the murder of her abusive boyfriend. After spending nearly a quarter of a century in prison, a new law offers hope of early parole. Two inexperienced lawyers take on her case, and discover corruption and political manoeuvring.

Synopsis

In 1983, Afro-American woman Deborah Peagler from California was sentenced to life in prison for her involvement in the murder of the man who severely abused her and acted as her pimp. After she has spent over 20 years in incarceration, California introduces new state legislation that makes it possible to reopen cases of women in prison who entered the justice system due to domestic violence. Two inexperienced lawyers take on Peagler’s case on a pro bono basis, assuming that the new law would allow them to arrange a quick pardon for their client. What they had not taken into account was that corrupt, politically motivated authorities would have every incentive to block her release. What follows is a fight against a bureaucratic monster of obstinate injustice, as the clock ticks on. The absurd and dramatic plot twists and the willpower and dedication of the three main characters make this an exciting and disarming story.

Credits

United States 2011, 94 min.

Documentary,

Spoken language: English

Official website: http://www.crimeaftercrime.com

Productions:

Life Sentence Films LLC

www.crimeaftercrime..com

World sales:

Ro*co Films International

info@rocofilms.com

+1 4153326471

www.rocofilms.com

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When & where?

  • Friday, March 23, 2012 - 21:30

    Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 4

  • Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 13:00

    Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 3

  • Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 15:00

    Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 3

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Human rights
domestic violence
courts & tribunals, transitional justice
human rights defenders & organizations (A Matter of ACT)
prison & detention
women & gender
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