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Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

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Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s final film about the West Memphis Three demonstrates how the first two docs played a role in galvanizing national support to free the wrongly convicted men.

HBO Documentaries has made a vital contribution down through the years to the continuing development and success of the documentary film. This almost pales in comparison to its contribution to the recent freeing of three undoubtedly innocent men, incarcerated 18 years for murder, who only last month walked out of an Arkansas court free men thanks to not one but three films made for HBO by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. The final film, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, was completed less than a week before the so-called West Memphis Three were set free in a courtroom deal last month that is still the subject of heated controversy. Their film premiered this week in Toronto.

The final film — of course, with this case, the word “final” is relative so who knows? — is first and foremost a testament to the power of the documentary. You watch so many films about injustice and get mad not just about the injustice but your own helplessness to do anything. In this case, however, everyone from celebs to ordinary Joes contributed time, protests and money to the cause of freeing the wrongly convicted. That money paid for court appeals and later, with advances in DNA science, for testing that further helped the cause.


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