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The Trials of Darryl Hunt

Rating:PG-13 (for thematic material including violent images and descriptions, and brief strong language)
Genre:Documentary
Release Date:June 15, 2007
Running time:107 minutes
Director:Ricki Stern & Annie Sundberg
Producer:Katie Brown
Writer:Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg
Distributor:ThinkFilm

Web Site: http://www.breakthrufilms.org/

Description: In 1984, a young white newspaper reporter, Deborah Sykes, was raped, sodomized and stabbed to death just blocks from where she worked in Winston-Salem, N.C. Based on an ID made by a former Klan member, a 19-year-old black man, Darryl Hunt, was charged. No physical evidence linked Hunt to the crime. Hunt was convicted by an all white jury, and sentenced to life imprisonment. In 1994, DNA testing cleared Hunt, yet he would spend another 10 years behind bars. "The Trials of Darryl Hunt" chronicles this capital case from 1984 through 2004. With personal narratives and exclusive footage from two decades, the film frames the judicial and emotional responses to this chilling crime--and the implications surrounding Hunt's conviction--against a backdrop of class and racial bias in America. This unique look at one man's loss and redemption challenges the assumption that all Americans have the right to unbiased justice.

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