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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Forgiveness, perseverance, courage.
Positive Role Models
The lawyers working to free those who were serving time in prisons for crimes they didn't commit are shown working tirelessly for little to no money. Those who have been exonerated for crimes they did not commit remain active in working to ensure that this doesn't happen to others, and that the state acknowledges their mistakes and fairly compensates those whose lives they have ruined. Crime victims who falsely identified their perpetrators work to raise awareness of wrongful convictions.
Violence & Scariness
Graphic discussion of rape.
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"S--t," used in a song played in the background at the very end of the movie.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer drinking and cigarette smoking in a bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that After Innocence is a 2005 documentary about the lives of those who served prison sentences for crimes they didn't commit and were exonerated by DNA evidence. Many of those exonerated were falsely accused of rape, so there's frequent discussion of the specific incidents that transpired, including a woman's description of her attack. The lawyers working for Innocence Project work tirelessly to free those who have been falsely accused, and often for little to no financial compensation. The scope and gravity of the subject matter makes this best for mature teens and older, as this documentary shows not only scenes of those falsely accused leaving the courtroom as free men, but also discussing what the years (if not decades) they spent in prison did to them, and the difficulty in trying to put their lives back together in a system that wronged them. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This remains a powerful documentary on the lives of those exonerated by DNA evidence after serving time for crimes they didn't commit. The struggles and perseverance of these men are brought to light as they struggle to reacclimate into society with few resources, no compensation from the state, and often still with their crimes not expunged from the public record. This documentary also shows the tireless dedication of the lawyers working for the Innocence Project, lawyers who work on cases of false accusation and imprisonment often for little or no money.
Through following the lives of these men from all backgrounds and parts of the United States, interviews with their families, interviews with victims of crimes whose eyewitness-testimony sent the wrong man to prison, what emerges is how DNA evidence has revolutionized the criminal justice system and has given back the lives of those innocent of wrongdoing serving years and even decades for crimes they didn't commit However, when these men are released, the system often fails them a second time by failing to address and make right their catastrophic mistakes. These aspects to the documentary are why After Innocence continues to remain relevant years after its initial release.
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