The Film

Description from the Sundance Film Festival:

“In 1983, Deborah Peagler, a woman brutally abused by her boyfriend, was sentenced to 25 years-to-life for her connection to his murder. Twenty years later, as she languished in prison, a California law allowing incarcerated domestic-violence survivors to reopen their cases was passed. Enter a pair of rookie land-use attorneys convinced that with the incontrovertible evidence that existed, they could free Deborah in a matter of months. What they didn’t know was the depth of corruption and politically driven resistance they’d encounter, sending them down a nightmarish, bureaucratic rabbit hole of injustice. The outrageous twists and turns in this consummately crafted saga are enough to keep us on the edge of our seats. Meanwhile, the spirit, fortitude, and love all three characters marshal in the face of this wrenching marathon is nothing short of miraculous. We fall in love with the remarkable triumvirate as they battle a warped criminal-justice system and test whether it’s beyond repair.”

-San Francisco Chronicle

-The Los Angeles Times

“MAGNIFICENT, swelling from hushed to howling without the help of narration or posturing from the unfailingly dignified Ms. Peagler or her quietly dedicated lawyers. There may well be, as one of her lawyers claims, ‘thousands and thousands of Debbies across the U.S.,’ but it is this particular one who makes it difficult to leave the theater with dry eyes and an untouched heart.”
-The New York Times

-The Washington Post

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· Intro to the film by Oprah Winfrey
· Extended scenes
· “Crime After Crime in Context” featurette
· Trailers
· Film Crew Bios
· Musician Bios
· Awards
· Press
· and more!


“THIS RIVETING AND DEVASTATING DOCUMENTARY follows the sustained efforts of two land-use attorneys who decide to take on the case of a woman incarcerated for years due to her role in the death of an abusive boyfriend. It relates a great miscarriage of justice—but also one of heroic legal perseverance, with a surprisingly colorful cast of characters.”
-New York Magazine CRITICS’ PICK

“IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE A BIGGER BOMBSHELL being dropped in the lap
of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office than “Crime After Crime.”

“…A TREMENDOUSLY MOVING STORY, strong in social commitment
and deftly woven out of years of footage.”
-The Hollywood Reporter

“Director Yoav Potash, who produced and edited the film (and appears a couple of times on-camera) comes up with some remarkable footage from inside the prison walls – and the way he did it is all the more clever…”
-The Huffington Post

“THE FINAL ACT OF THE MOVIE is completely unexpected and adds a great deal of weight…”
-New York Post


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