First Tiger King, and then The Last Dance, gripped our attention in lockdown. Documentaries are a satisfying watch at a time when its hard to focus, providing insight and entertainment. Appealing to our dark fascination with true crime, Netflix is continues to deliver gripping documentaries to delve into in the coming weeks.
Trial by Media
This documentary, produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov, looks at six televised court cases, and the troubling influence of the media. The case of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed African immigrant who was shot 41 times by police in New York City, has been described as heartbreaking and devastating by viewers on Twitter. His death sparked protests and calls for change at the time, 14 years before the Black Lives Matter movement began. OUT NOW
The Innocence Project
This documentary looks at eight cases of wrongful conviction in America, and follows their fight to freedom. Interviews with the accused and their legal teams shed light on the cover-ups and miscarriages of justice that led to their incarceration, and what it takes to set an innocent man free. The series highlights the emotional toll of this situation on the victims and their families, and paints a concerning portrait of the frightening missteps of the American criminal justice system. OUT NOW
Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich
It has been almost a year since financier Jeffrey Epstein was charged with one count of sex trafficking a minor, to which Epstein pleased not guilty, and he remained in jail until 10 August when he died by suicide. Leading up to his arrest he was accused of abusing women and underage girls for decades. This four part docuseries looks at the privilege that allowed Epstein to escape prosecution for as long as he did. OUT 27 MAY
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