– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Last year, the world was set on fire when Netflix released the documentary series Making a Murderer. It may not have been Netflix’s first documentary, but all the same, it took hold of the public eye and wouldn’t let go. Its viewers were infuriated by the injustice shown to Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey. However, if there was one big criticism it’s faced, it’s its one-sided view on the whole incident. It was very clear, that the doc series very much wanted to shed a light on the injustice played by those in power, and while that’s definitely a problem, it does feel a bit disingenuous to almost exclusively portray a story in such light.

On September 30, Netflix is releasing another crime-based documentary, this time covering the brutal murder of Meredith Kercher. The prime suspect was her roommate, Amanda Knox, and the subject of this original documentary film from the streaming service. Rather than focus on a single narrative or angle, the doc seems to be inviting viewers to both suspect and trust Knox, as evidenced by these two trailers they’ve just released. You can check them both out below.



While I can’t yet speak to the veracity of what this film will contain, I truly hope this is more than a marketing approach. I like the idea of given all the information from multiple perspectives. While I enjoyed Making a Murderer, there was this suspicion I had that I was being spoon-fed an agenda of sorts. Let’s hope this film will rise such suspicions.

Check out full press release below:

Synopsis: 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.

The film will make its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 9 and will launch globally on Netflix on Sept. 30. 

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SOURCE: Netflix

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.