Crime after Crime is a profoundly moving documentary film on the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, a woman imprisoned in California for over a quarter century due to her connection to the murder of the man who abused her for several years.
She finds her only hope for freedom when two rookie attorneys – one of them an Orthodox Jew named Joshua Safran – with no backgrounds in criminal law step forward to take her case. Debbie should have been in prison for a maximum of six years, instead she was serving a life sentence.
During the Q&A after the screening, Safran described how he told his friend and filmmaker Yoav Potash about Debbie and her story. He said he thought the legal process to free her would only take a few months and when Potash met Debbie for the first time he immediately wanted to make the film.
In the end, the whole process took over six years. In the meantime, Safran was laid-off from his law firm because he was doing “too much pro bono work.” At the end of the Q&A, Safran said that Debbie kept telling everybody not to forget her sisters – most women behind bars are survivors of domestic violence – and that she got to see the film before she died of cancer 10 months after her release.
To support the film please visit: http://crimeaftercrime.com/
Aaron Galliner, 2011 Blogger and Festival Volunteer
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