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.