West of Memphis
USA 2012, 147 min, Digital, Dir: Amy Berg
Screenings:
  • Friday March 29, 2013 at 6:45PM
  • Saturday March 30, 2013 at 4:00PM
  • Saturday March 30, 2013 at 9:30PM
  • Sunday March 31, 2013 at 8:45PM
  • Monday April 1, 2013 at 1:00PM
  • Wednesday April 3, 2013 at 6:45PM
  • Thursday April 4, 2013 at 9:30PM

How do you maintain hope against all odds? That question lies at the heart of this in-depth study of a gross miscarriage of justice that put three innocent men in prison and sparked an almost two-decade battle to set them free. Academy Award® – nominated director Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil) offers an inside look at the story of the "West Memphis 3," chronicling their trial, conviction, and the subsequent investigation that generated the movement to prove their innocence, which involved everyone from grassroots supporters to celebrated artists and musicians.

Berg traces the story back to its beginning in 1993, when three boys were found murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas. After a shockingly brief investigation, the West Memphis Police Department charged eighteen-year-old Damien Echols and two other teenagers, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr., with the killings, targeting them for being outsiders with a taste for heavy metal music and the occult. After controversial trials, Echols was sentenced to death, while Baldwin and Misskelley were given life imprisonment. For years, legal appeals brought no result. Finally, in 2005, director Peter Jackson and his wife and producing partner Fran Walsh funded a vigorous investigation that brought renewed hope to the defense campaign, and eventually led to a dramatic turn of events that is captured in this film. (Thom Powers, TIFF)

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