“The images of your life, picture them, on your refrigerator, in albums, frames. They capture every stage, change, celebration. Without them, how much do you remember? How much do you rely on these photos to remind you of the journey you’ve taken in life. Now imagine them gone. This is the first photo John Stoll has of is life. The rest were either confiscated by police, destroyed after the death of his mother, or lost to the passing of time. This grainy black-and-white photo was taken when he was 41 years old, the day he was convicted of 17 counts of child molestation in Bakersfield California.” – Narrator
Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Jan 2016)
Brief Synopsis – Documentary about one of the most widespread miscarriages of justice in the US when countless men and women were wrongfully imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit.
My Take on it – I came across this documentary following research that I did on Director Dana Nachman after watching her recent documentary Batkid Begins (2015).
This is a well constructed and moving documentary that can get you so angry at what happened and wonder how such injustices like this can occur within the US justice system.
This is not a unique occurrence and I am at least pleased that films like this are doing their best to publicize these miscarriages of justice that abuse the system.
Hearing the stories of these victims makes one both cherish the freedoms we all live under but at the same time fear how things like this could actually happen when people use the system for the wrong reasons.
My one complaint would be that we never get to hear the reasonings from the other side as to how this could have happened under their watch but based on the information we are given the answer is pretty clear as to why they refused to be interviewed for this documentary
Bottom Line – Excellent documentary that really moves you and makes you want to scream about the way these cases were handled. Would have liked to have heard a rebuttal by the other side to try and understand why this happened. Makes one cherish more and more the freedoms we have but at the same time fear the way miscarriages like this can happen. Highly recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Prior to the start of the Kern County child abuse cases, several local social workers had attended a training seminar that foregrounded satanic ritual abuse as a major element in child sexual abuse, and had used the now-debunked memoir Michelle Remembers as training material. (From Wikipedia)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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