Amanda Knox Movie Analysis

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Amanda Knox by Brian McGinn and Rod Blackhurst documents the trial, conviction and acquittal of Amanda Knox for the murder of her foreign exchange roommate in Italy. The film includes interviews with her codefendant and ex- boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito; the attorney for the man believed to have really been the murderer; the man who led the Italian investigation and Amanda Knox, herself. From the documentary we learn that Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were wrongfully convicted of the murder of Knox’s British roommate, Meredith Kercher. Amanda Knox does an admirable job of detailing the crucial facts of the case. The film, which often plays out like a narrative thriller, takes us back to the murder of Kercher in 2007 and does so with the use of police footage of the crime scene. It takes us through the ensuing media outrage, the false accusations, the trial and appeal, with contributions from those who were there. The film undeniably takes a pro-Knox stance because of how it focuses largely on its main characters, therefore illuminating how something like this can happen to anyone. The film tries to shed light of the wrongfully committed and how being acquainted with the victim can automatically make you a suspect. The lack of communication and misinterpretation between the two suspects and the police of Italy are mainly what caused Knox and Sollecito to spend years in prison for a crime they did not commit. Knox says to herself at the open of the film: “Either I’m a

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