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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

People Like Us

do you cope with being convicted of a crime you know you did not
commit? What happens when you are condemned to death row and spend over
18 or 30 (sometimes many more) years of your life locked away; often not
knowing how long you will be alive? How do people survive when placed
in such extraordinary situations?Since DNA evidence has come into play,
approximately 300 people have been released from death row after tests
showed they had been wrongfully convicted. Resurrection After
Exoneration (a charity based in the US) is continuing the battle to
release those condemned to death in the US where scientific evidence can
contradict the verdict.How many innocent people are there in prison? We
will never know for sure, but the few studies that have been done
estimate that between 2.3% and 5% of all prisoners in the U.S. are
innocent (for context, if just 1% of all prisoners are innocent, that
would mean that more than 20,000 innocent people are in prison).
nominated filmmaker Tina Gharavi proposes to take a look at the human
struggle of those who are fighting to get capital cases and evidence
re-examined. We will follow investigators at Resurrection After
Exoneration, who will speak about their current campaigns and the trials
and tribulations of doing this type of work.
Many exonerees are
released from their cells without fanfare, apologies or anywhere to go.
What happens then when you are found innocent and released from death
row? How do you deal with the suspicions and hatred you experience when
you are released? This film explores the psychological and emotional
experience of an exoneree. The film will weave the emotional experience
of those who have been released as they come to terms with what has
happened in their lives. B+T has made contact with a charity in New
Orleans who works with the men and women who have been exonerated and
helps them to rebuild their lives after their experiences.
what of those who have already been killed? Does capital punishment
still have a place in an advanced civilisation? We will meet with
families of those who have been wrongfully convicted and exonerated
after death. We will interview the Warden of the notorious Angola Prison
in Louisiana and those charged with looking after those who come in to
the prison (lifers) and usually will never leave prison unless they die.
How do warders deal with the issue of wrongful conviction?
Through a
lyrical and intensely emotional film, we will weave a variety of
narratives to understand a complex issue at the extreme of human
experience. Using documentary voices of the exonerees, interviews,
archival footage and experimental drama, the documentary will explores a
topic few have considered. How to square those years of being locked up
with being released an exonerated man.

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