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The Cinema for Peace Most Valuable Documentary of the Year 2012

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

The annual Cinema for Peace Gala honored last week the most valuable films of the year. The selected films feature issues ranging from genocide in Bosnia to wrongful imprisonment in America, from a murdered Russian lawyer to green projects in Mali, and from a house-arrested Nobel Peace Prize Laureate to the conviction of a former Guatemalan dictator thanks to the evidence provided by documentary filmmakers.

The Most Valuable Valuable Documentary of the Year 2012 was presented to Joe Berlinger for Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory. This three-part documentary series spans 15 years and chronicles the 1993 wrongful arrest of three teenage boys and their subsequent 18 year incarceration. Just days before the premiere of Paradise Lost 3 in Toronto, the so-called ‘West Memphis Three’ were released from their life imprisonment and death sentences, and Jason Baldwin was able to join Joe Berlinger on stage at the Cinema for Peace Gala to accept the award. Jason said: “If it weren’t for them filming the trial and for the rest of the world seeing it, and standing up and raising their voice to say, Hey this is wrong!, it would have been just like Damien said, he would have been murdered, and we’d have been lost there.”

 

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The Cinema for Peace Most Valuable Documentary of the Year 2012

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Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory