Jewish Film Series Presents "Crime After Crime" | Congregation Beth Am

Jewish Film Series Presents Crime After Crime

Screening and presentation by director Yoav Potash
Saturday, June 10, 3:30 pm
Beit Kehillah

Meet Yoav Potash, director of Crime After Crime, a powerful film that tells the dramatic story of the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence.

Over 26 years in prison could not crush the spirit of this determined African-American woman. Despite suffering many injustices and abuses, she remains an inspiring and upbeat individual, leading the gospel choir and teaching other inmates to read and write while behind bars. She finds her only hope for freedom when two rookie attorneys with no background in criminal law step forward to take her case.

Through their perseverance, they bring to light long-lost witnesses, new testimonies from the men who committed the murder, and proof of perjured evidence. Their investigation ultimately attracts global attention to victims of wrongful incarceration and abuse, and takes on profound urgency when the case becomes a matter of life and death.

Filming in and out of prison for over five years, Berkeley filmmaker Yoav Potash methodically documented this story as it unfolded. With exclusive access to Debbie Peagler and her attorneys, CRIME AFTER CRIME tells an unforgettable story of a relentless quest for justice.

Film is free, all are welcome and refreshments will be served.

Yoav Potash is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where he received the university’s top prize in creative writing. He has taught film courses at the Bay Area Video Coalition and Academy of Art University.  His award-winning work addresses important contemporary social issues through compelling and creative storytelling.  Films include Food Stamped, produced in collaboration with his wife nutrition educator Shira Potash; Life on the Inside; Minute Matrimony; and Crime After Crime, his first full-length feature film.

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