FROM Rod Blackhurst
Directors Rod Blackhurst & Brian McGinn on 'Amanda Knox' After British student Meredith Kercher was found brutally murdered in Perugia, Italy, in 2007, news stories quickly focused less on the victim than her roommate, Amanda Knox. Knox spent the years that followed as fodder for tabloids and more mainstream media. She was twice convicted of the murder and spent four years in prison before she was released in 2011, and finally acquitted last year by the Italian supreme court. Well before that ruling -- five years ago -- Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn set out to make a documentary that would cut through the noisy media coverage and attempt to get to the truth. That meant getting Knox, who now lives back home in Seattle, to talk on camera. At first that was something she was loathe to do after nearly a decade of being hounded by the press. Their documentary, simply titled Amanda Knox , is now available on Netflix. When the filmmakers spoke to KCRW's Madeleine Brand , they said the impetus for the movie was the relentless media coverage of the Knox case.
New Netflix doc examines the Amanda Knox case from all sides In 2007, a young student named Meredith Kercher was found brutally murdered in the picturesque hill town of Perugia, Italy. The events that followed would become one of the most salacious, sensationalized stories in modern history. At the center of it all was a beautiful, young American student named Amanda Knox. After trial by press and the Italian courts, including two separate guilty verdicts, Knox and her boyfriend at the time of the crime were ultimately exonerated by the Italian Supreme Court. An Italian man remains in prison for the crime, but to this day, many people remain divided about Amanda Knox. Was she a remorseless killer with the face of an angel, or an innocent young woman convicted by bad policing and the unscrupulous press? A new Netflix documentary takes a look at the case from all sides.
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