A two-hour documentary about the wrongful conviction and 20-year imprisonment of Darryl Hunt and the effort to exonerate him through DNA evidence
This insightful and emotional documentary is the result of the persistence of two young independent filmmakers who followed the story of a terrible miscarriage of justice in North Carolina for 10 years. The journalists painstakingly re-examine the 1984 rape and murder of a white woman in Winston-Salem and the subsequent conviction of an African-American 19-year-old named Darryl Hunt. During two decades of imprisonment, his supporters and his attorney maintained their belief in Hunt’s innocence, bringing compelling new evidence to trial that repeatedly failed to overturn his conviction. This story of a single murder case is emblematic of wider problems in the criminal justice system, especially in its focus on the faulty testimony of an eyewitness, the impact of racism and the use of DNA evidence.
Ricki Sterm, Annie Sundberg, directors, executive producers; Katie Brown, William Rexer II, Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg, producers; Shannon Kennedy, editor; William Rexer II, cinematographer; John Foster, Alan Jacobson, Shannon Kennedy, additional cinematography and digital video; Paul Brill, original score; Brad Bergbom, sound editor; Nancy Abraham, supervising producer, HBO; Sheila Nevins, executive producer, HBO.