Crime After Crime


Yoav Potash


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Director Yoav Potash
Completed 2011 Runtime 93



Crime After Crime is the exclusive documentary film on the dramatic legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, a woman imprisoned for over a quarter century due to her connection to the murder of the man who abused her. Despite suffering many injustices and abuses, Debbie is an inspiration, leading the prison choir and teaching other inmates to read and write. 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 a trail of corruption snaking through the entire criminal justice system. Filming in and out of prison for over five years, filmmaker Yoav Potash methodically documented this story as it unfolded, bringing to the screen an unforgettable story of a relentless quest for justice.

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What people
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[The] moral outrage is magnificent, swelling from hushed to howling without the help of narration or posturing from the unfailingly dignified Ms. Peagler or her quietly dedicated lawyers.

New York Times

Potash's closeness to it, and sense of healthy outrage, invigorate the film and make the saga's central participants impossible to forget.

Los Angeles Times
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