In 1984, copy editor Deborah Sykes was raped and murdered. Three suspects leapt out, but one was settled on very quickly, 19-year-old, black youth, Darryl Hunt. With no physical evidence linking him to the crime, an all-white North Carolina jury sent him to prison, where he served nearly 20 years before his wrongful conviction was overturned. Filmmakers Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg began documenting Hunt's appeals for freedom in 1993, capturing a uniquely searing and poignant story of racism, loss and redemption, while suggesting the need for systemic change to prevent the incarceration, and sometimes, execution, of innocent citizens in the USA. Nominated for a Best Documentary gong at Sundance.
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