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Crime After Crime
Underwritten by Mishy and Jason Balaban

Crime After Crime


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 SafranJoshua 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 PotashYoav 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.

Film Details

Yoav Potash
Running time:
93 min.
Genre: Documentary
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