DocHouse Thursdays presents Crime After Crime (15)
Thu 15 Dec / 8pm / £9 / £7 student or concs
Dir: Yoav Potash / 2011 / USA / 89mins
Official Selection Sundance 2011 and Audience Choice Award – San Francisco IFF 2011
“A Must-See film” LA Times
“Harrowing, moving and inspiring” Washington Post
Crime After Crime tells the dramatic story of the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence. Over 26 years 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 corner her into a life behind bars for her connection to the murder of her abuser.
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. Their investigation ultimately attracts global attention to victims of wrongful incarceration and abuse, and becomes a matter of life and death once more.
Followed by a post-screening panel discussion with:
Sentenced to life-imprisonment in 2007 for the murder of her boyfriend following years of domestic abuse. In July 2010, following a campaign led by Justice for Women, Kirsty celebrated a landmark victory that saw her conviction reduced from murder to manslaughter.
Harriet represented Kirsty and achieved a change in the law of provocation as a defence for murder. She is a solicitor at Birnberg Peirce and Partners and a founding member of Justice for Women.
Director of AVA and one of the founding members of Justice for Women, a campaigning organisation involved in high-profile domestic abuse legal battles. Davina has acted as the Dept. of Health policy lead on domestic violence, was the first local authority Domestic Violence Co-ordinator in the UK and assisted the Home Office in the writing of the national violence against women strategy.