Jesse Friedman, one of the subjects of the documentary "Capturing the Friedmans", is in fact a "psychopathic deviant"
who molested 17 children in his parents' Long Island home. This, according to a the three-year review that "has only increased confidence in the integrity of Jesse Friedman’s guilty plea and adjudication as a sex offender,"
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in her 168-page report. The exhaustive report also took aim at the makers of "Capturing the Friedmans,"
director Andrew Jarecki and producer Marc Smerling. It accused them of using misleading, out-of-context snippets of interviews to further their campaign to exonerate Friedman, 44.
Of course, Friedman, his wife, and Jarecki
all maintain that Friedman is in fact innocent. [pdf] Previously.
At the time of the release of the documentary "Capturing the Friedmans,"
filmmaker Andrew Jarecki was criticized by some for not clearly advocating for the release of Jesse Friedman. However, eight years later, Jarecki is still working
on assembling interviews and footage of victims recanting their testimony in an effort to overturn Friedman’s 1989 Great Neck molestation conviction.
Why We Fight,
the BBC documentary from Eugene Jarecki
about the American military-industrial complex and its origins (trailer@apple
). For some reason its up in full at Google Video, so if you didn't get a chance to see it in the theaters, well, here it is! 1hr,40m - save it for later, perhaps. It's named after a series of war propaganda newsreels
, directed by Frank Capra, demonstrating the need to enter WWII. These too are available on GV
, as well as archive.org - to your surprise and delight. And for your convenience: Reels One
, Five parts 1
, and Seven