Deborah Peagler, an African American survivor of
domestic violence, was forced into prostitution by her
abusive boyfriend, and was unjustly convicted and
sentenced to life imprisonment for involvement in his
murder. This tightly edited and riveting documentary
depicts the long struggle by Joshua Safran, an
Orthodox Jew and a tenacious attorney, who worked
pro bono to secure her release. This film restores or
reinforces one's faith that justice ultimately prevails.
Official Selection 2011 Sundance Film Festival
Following the Film
Joshua Safran is an advocate for the rights of women
and girls and survivors of domestic violence. His
seven-year legal odyssey to free Deborah Peagler, a
wrongfully imprisoned survivor of severe domestic
violence, is the subject of "Crime After Crime." In advocating
for Peagler, Safran drew strength both from
his faith as an Orthodox Jew and his own childhood
experiences with brutal domestic violence.
Yoav Potash is an award-winning filmmaker, writer,
and social justice advocate. Yoav has earned many
honors including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism
Award, and The National Board of Review's Freedom
of Expression Award.