Witness

A careful inquiry into the tricks memory plays, and into how ambiguous events get reshaped into narratives that fit individual and collective needs.

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The Witness

On March 13, 1964, Kitty Genovese was attacked on a street in Kew Gardens, Queens and left to die. Soon after, The New York Times published an investigative report asserting that 38 eyewitnesses saw the attack but did nothing to help, and the case quickly became a symbol of urban apathy. THE WITNESS follows the efforts of her brother, Bill, as he looks to uncover the truth buried beneath the story. In the process, he makes astonishing discoveries about the crime that transformed his life, condemned a city, and defined an era.
Genre
Documentary, History, Bio-pic, Crime
Runtime
89
Language
English
Director
James Solomon
Cast
William Genovese, Gabe Pressman, Michael Daly, AM Rosenthal
FEATURED REVIEW
Richard Brody, New Yorker

This extraordinary documentary looks at one of the most infamous of all modern crime stories—the 1964 murder, in Queens, of Kitty Genovese, while her screams were reportedly ignored by dozens of neighbors—through the focus of another genre, the personal documentary. Though its nominal director is ...

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