Crime After Crime

Yoav Potash's moving documentary takes us inside the case of Deborah Peagler, a woman serving twenty-five-years–to-life for her involvement in the murder of the man who abused her. This intimate portrait includes the pro bono legal team of Joshua Safran and Nadia Costa, young attorneys who, upon meeting Peagler-already more than twenty years into a life sentence-became inspired to fight relentlessly for her release. In the wake of a new California law offering abused women the opportunity to reopen their defense cases, Safran and Costa were convinced they would prevail. Shot over a five-and-a-half-year period, Crime After Crime is a fascinating and penetrating look at a skewed justice system, from the vantage of a remarkable and committed triumvirate taking on the powerful Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The film also offers a rare glimpse into life behind bars at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla, the state's largest women's prison. Shot in verité style, myriad twists and surprises unfold for the audience as they did for the director, making for an emotional rollercoaster ride with pressing social content.

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