Posted on Monday, September 19th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
The case of Amanda Knox has made headlines around the world as the woman who was studying abroad was convicted of murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher. Due to the many twists and turns of the case, the media and public around the world absorbed every detail they could about the case, and it’s still debated to this very day. Now a new Netflix documentary aims to look at both sides of the story by digging through all the information available.
Amanda Knox debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, and now it’s coming to the streaming service at the end of September. A new trailer shows us some of the talking heads we’ll be listening to as they unpack this case all over again, and maybe helping us determine if Amanda Knox is really innocent.
Here’s the new Amanda Knox trailer straight from Netflix:
If you’ve kept up with the details of this case, then you might not find much new on display here. As a review from IndieWire out of TIFF notes, “Despite excellent access to Knox especially, Amanda Knox offers up little new information, an element of the doc that’s made all the more noticeable by the occasionally amusing (but mostly unsettling) focus on the media’s part in the case. ”
However, Variety‘s praises the documentary and notes that the documentary may not be so much about revealing new information about the case, but rather how the case was handled and impacted by the media, “And that’s the key to what makes “Amanda Knox” such a resonant documentary, with a reach far beyond this case. The film captures how the unreality of tabloid journalism has slid through digital portals into the mainstream, becoming part of the toxic air of misinformation that we all now breathe.
Amanda Knox premieres on Netflix on September 30th. Here’s the official synopsis with more information:
Was she a cold-blooded psychopath who brutally murdered her roommate or a naive study abroad student trapped in an endless nightmare? In the Netflix Original Documentary Amanda Knox, directors Rod Blackhurst (Tribeca Audience Award-winner Here Alone) and Brian McGinn (IDA Award-winner Chef’s Table) and producer Mette Heide (Peabody Award-winner India’s Daughter) explore the notorious case that made headlines around the world.
Twice convicted and twice acquitted by Italian courts of the brutal killing of her British roommate Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox became the subject of global speculation as non-stop media attention fed the public’s fascination through every twist and turn of the nearly decade-long case.
In a world that remains strongly divided on the legal findings, Amanda Knox goes beyond guilt or innocence to shed new light on the events and circumstances of the past nine years. Featuring unprecedented access to key people involved and never-before-seen archival material, the film shifts between past to present, exploring the case from the inside out in exclusive interviews with Amanda Knox, her former co-defendant and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, Italian prosecutor Giuliano Mignini and Daily Mail reporter Nick Pisa.
As a hunger for salacious and exciting news stories grows, what role do we all play in the perpetuation and the creation of ‘front page’ ready narratives? Amanda Knox is a human story that goes past the headlines to examine the often fraught relationship between true crime tragedy, justice and entertainment.
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