Must Watch is a curation of some of the world’s most critically acclaimed and award winning true-crime documentary films, showcasing the most confronting, chilling and thought-provoking films from the last two decades. These are the films you need to see this month:
Saturday May 6 at 9.30pm AEST
Have American schools become a pipeline to prison? In schools across the US, children as young as five are being arrested. In a misguided attempt to avoid another Columbine, “zero tolerance” states like Texas and Florida are employing police forces armed with guns and pepper spray to patrol the school hallways and playgrounds. As a result, hundreds of thousands of children are being arrested, fined or incarcerated for “offences” such as chewing gum.
Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man
Saturday May 13 at 9.30pm AEST
This film is a memoir recounting Kirk Noble Bloodsworth’s remarkable journey through the criminal justice system. An innocent man convicted and sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit, Kirk became the first death row inmate exonerated by DNA evidence in the United States.
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
Saturday May 20 at 9.30pm AEST
On Nov. 5, 2001, Dr. Andrew Bagby was murdered in Pennsylvania. The prime suspect, his ex-girlfriend Dr. Shirley Turner, fled the United States for Newfoundland, Canada, where she announced that she was pregnant with Andrew’s child. She named the little boy Zachary. Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne, Andrew’s childhood friend, originally began this film as a way for Zachary to learn about his father. But when Turner was allowed to walk free on bail in Canada and given custody of Zachary while awaiting extradition to the U.S., the film’s focus shifted to Zachary’s grandparents, and their desperate efforts to win custody of the boy. The film’s conclusion is fraught with emotion in this story of love, murder, loss, and a travesty of justice.
My Uncle is the Green River Killer
Saturday May 27 at 9.30pm AEST
Gary Ridgway killed at least 49 women, maybe many more. America’s most prolific serial killer was finally captured in 2001. During those years, he lived an unassuming life with family and friends who had no idea he was a wanted man.