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It's not often that a film tries to affect real change, but Errol Morris's crusading documentary attempted to overturn a gross miscarriage of justice. In 1976, a Dallas traffic cop was shot dead after flagging down a car. The chief suspect was a 16-year-old called David Harris. However, Harris claimed that hitchhiker Randall Adams was the actual murderer, and Adams was sentenced to death (although this was later commuted to life imprisonment). Morris takes up the case in his 1988 film, using testimonies from both men and reconstructions of the events leading up to the killing to create a compelling picture of how flimsy the conviction was.
In the US south in the 60s, just after the passing of the Civil Rights Act, a black police officer is arrested for a prominent white citizen's murder.
11+ years 102 mins
Powerful drama based on the true story of Gerry Conlan, an Irish man who spent 14 years in prison for a deadly terrorist pub bombing he didn't commit.
14+ years 133 mins
Harper Lee adaptation about an idealistic white laywer in 1930s Alabama who takes on the case of a black man accused of an awful crime.
11+ years 124 mins
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Based on a real life crime, 'The Murder of Linda Cook' is a fantastic achievement from 15-year-old Emily, who made the film as part of her EPQ.
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