In an epic, nearly 20-year series, documentary filmmakers follow the West Memphis Three up to a plea deal and their release.
December 22, 2011
Documentaries have the power to change lives, but few of them ever do, at least in measurable ways. "Fahrenheit 9/11" smashed box-office records, but it did little to stem George W. Bush's march toward a second presidential term, and in spite of its Oscar win, it's hard to credit "An Inconvenient Truth" with any shift in environmental policy. But without the "Paradise Lost" documentaries, there's a good chance two men would still be behind bars in an Arkansas prison, and a third might have been put to death by now.
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