Winner of the 2011 Best Documentary Feature and the Audience Choice Award, Crime After Crime is making its world wide television debut on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) next Thursday November 3 at 9 PM/8 PM Central!
The film, produced and directed by Yoav Potash, is the exclusive documentary on the dramatic legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, a woman imprisoned for over a quarter century due to her connection to the murder of the man who abused her. She finds her only hope for freedom when two rookie attorneys with no background in criminal law step forward to take her case.
The film aims to not only move audiences but also to spark change. When the film was first shown at the Sundance Film Festival in January, California was the lone state with a law allowing incarcerated survivors of abuse to petition for their freedom. Now organizers in at least five other states are using the film to advocate for similar reforms, with New Yorks proposed Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act leading the pack.
Crime After Crime is channeling this movement through Debbies Campaign, a nonprofit project to help prevent domestic violence and wrongful incarceration. As part of Debbies Campaign, the filmmaker and OWN have prepared a Home Viewing & Community Action Guide, encouraging families, houses of worship, domestic violence organizations, and many other community groups to view the film together.
After a tight race for the past 10 days, we finally have our Audience Choice Award winners! Congratulations to all!
Audience Choice Award – Narrative Feature
It’s night in the Western Australian outback, a dying dog lies in the backroom of the town’s only pub. Slowly, as word spreads, the local community gathers at the pub. Part vigil, part wake, part celebration, they swap stories of Red Dog’s epic life, travels and his rise to fame.
Audience Choice Award – Documentary Feature
Crime After Crime
Crime After Crime tells the dramatic story of the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence. Over 26 years in prison could not crush the spirit of this determined African-American woman, despite the wrongs she suffered, first at the hands of a duplicitous boyfriend who beat her and forced her into prostitution, and later by prosecutors who used the threat of the death penalty to corner her into a life behind bars for her connection to the murder of her abuser.
Audience Choice Award – Short
Sun City Picture House
Sun City Picture House is the story of Rapheal Louigene a young Haitian man who loves movies. After watching the last of the old colonial movie theaters destroyed in the earthquake he enlists the help of a priest and two young aid workers to build Haiti’s only movie theater on a hill above a tent city.