Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

    • Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
    • United States
    • 2011
    • 121 min
    • European Premiere
    • Masters
    "It's not about opinion anymore, it's not about debate, it's about science," says Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines at a demonstration featured in Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory. This neatly sums up events that have taken place since the first Emmy Award-winning installment of the sensational Paradise Lost series, which seeks to spark debate about the shaky evidence against the West Memphis 3. Now in their thirties, these three men were wrongfully convicted 18 years ago of the murder of three eight-year-old boys, purely because they were heavy metal fans. DNA tests in 2007 exonerated them and indicated that the stepfather of one of the victims was the possible perpetrator. Nonetheless, it wasn't until mid-August of this year that the "WM3" were released. As a result, celebrated directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky have had to make changes to the conclusion of Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory since its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September. It is fascinating to compare the current analysis of the case presented by renowned forensic experts, some from the FBI, with the analysis of key players recalling the earlier witch hunt. Archive footage shows the painful passing of time while injustice was allowed to prevail.

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    • 121 min
    • color
    • video
    • Spoken languages: English
    Director
    Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
    Production
    Joe Berlinger for RadicalMedia
    Executive producer
    Sheila Nevins for HBO
    Cinematography
    Bob Richman
    Editing
    Alyse Ardell Spiefel

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    2011
    European Premiere
    Masters

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