Executions in 2013: min. 778 plus 'thousands' in China

Non-Fiction

Dead Man Walking [UK Import]
Dead Man Walking is a 1995 film based on the book of the same name, which tells the story of Sister Helen Prejean (played by Susan Sarandon), who establishes a special relationship with Matthew Poncelet (played by Sean Penn), a prisoner on death row. While comforting the convicted man, Sister Helen empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families.

Language: English
117min
Exonerated [UK Import]
The Exonerated is a stage play revolving around the true stories of six former Death Row prisoners (Kerry Max Cook, David Keaton, Gary Gauger, Delbert Tibbs, Sonia Jacobs and Robert Earl Hayes) who were released from prison after their convictions were reversed. The play briefly tells in narrative fashion each person’s story of what she or he was falsely accused of, how she or he was wrongly convicted, and his or her eventual exoneration.

Language: English
87min
Monster (Einzel-DVD)
Actress Charlize Theron vanishes into the character of Aileen Wuornos, a real-life serial killer and prostitute who murdered at least six men in Florida. Monster traces her relationship with a young woman named Selby (Christina Ricci), which intertwines with Wuornos's murder spree. This remarkable movie finds compassion for Wuornos but unflinchingly faces her brutal crimes; Theron expresses this woman's horrific life history without softening her terrifying, dead-eyed stare.

Languages: German, English
104min
Aileen Wuornos: Life and Death of a Serial Killer
The true story behind the movie "Monster". Nick Broomfield's 2nd documentary on Aileen Wuornos, a highway prostitute who was executed in 2002 for killing 7 men in the state of Florida. An intense & gripping look at Wuornos from her turbulent childhood to her execution.

Languages: English, German
89min
Noch 24:00 Stunden bis zur Hinrichtung (Karla Faye Tucker)
Karla Faye Tucker war eine Mörderin. Sie hatte zwei Menschenleben auf dem Gewissen, und eine ganze Nation war geschockt. Karla bekannte sich schuldig. Sie wurde zum Tode verurteilt und war 1998 die erste Frau, die in Texas seit 1863 hingerichtet wurde. Gouverneur George W. Bush hatte auch ihr letztes Gnadengesuch abgelehnt... Doch das ist nur ein Teil der Geschichte. Der andere begann mit dem Besuch einer Gefängnisseelsorgerin in der Todeszelle. Es war im Jahr 1987. Aus diesem Besuch resultierte die gewaltige Wandlung einer eiskalten, abweisenden Mörderin zu einem offenen und positiven Menschen. Karla Faye Tucker, über die viele Medien weltweit berichteten, bat die Angehörigen der Ermordeten um Vergebung. Ein Gespräch mit Karla kurz vor Ihrer Hinrichtung und die unterschiedlichen Reaktionen von Angehörigen, die vergeben konnten, und solchen, die Vergeltung fordern, machen diesen Film zu einer dramatischen und bewegenden Dokumentation.

Language: German
30min

At the death house door

Carroll Pickett served as minister to death row inmates at a Texas penitentiary for 15 years, believing that the death penalty was just. Then he met inmate Carlos de Luna. As he talked with de Luna and recorded his conversations on the day before de Luna s execution, Pickett came to believe that de Luna was innocent. Unlike Hollywood movies, de Luna was executed anyway, sending Pickett on a gut-wrenching quest to uncover the facts surrounding the poor man s highly questionable arraignment.

Language: English
98 min.

 

Love lived on death row

LOVE LIVED ON DEATH ROW tells the story of the four Syriani siblings whose father was sentenced to die for the murder of their mother in 1990 and Meg Eggleston, who became their father's friend and spiritual advisor through letters to him in prison. Orphaned and estranged, the Syriani children lived with hate, anger and confusion as the man they could only refer to as 'Him Him' lived on North Carolina's death row.

But in 2004 they collectively decided to visit him in prison, seeking answers so they could move on with their adult lives. What transpired that day was a miracle of forgiveness followed by a journey of healing, restoring family memories and then a battle for his clemency. Love Lived on Death Row's portrait of a family torn apart by tragedy and reunited by another impending tragedy is a powerful examination of not only the healing process, but also of the role capital punishment plays in serving justice.

Sprache: Englisch