“It is the potential of this documentary to move us toward a more enlightened society that excites me about this work.” —Benjamin Jealous, former NAACP President
In the Executioner’s Shadow casts a penetrating look at the consequences of the death penalty through three powerful stories - the rare perspective of a former state executioner who comes within days of executing an innocent person; a Boston Marathon bombing victim who struggles to decide what justice really means; and the parents of a murder victim who choose to fight for the life of their daughter’s killer. As the battle to overturn capital punishment comes to a head in the U.S., this provocative film challenges viewers to question their deepest beliefs about justice.
As wrongful convictions, botched executions, and a broken justice system inch further into the spotlight, we must consider: What is justice? What part should the death penalty play?
In the Executioner's Shadow allows a glimpse into Jerry's rarely seen world of death row and execution. It explores Karen’s moral conflict as she attends the accused bomber’s trial, a young man the same age as her son. It defies our perception of justice as Vicki and Syl fight for the life of their daughter's murderer.
In the Executioner's Shadow illuminates the oft hidden realities entangled in death row, the death penalty, and the U.S. Justice system at large.
This is a film about justice, injustice and the death penalty.
“It is the filmmakers’ intent to get people talking, to get viewers to question their originally held positions, to disrupt complacency.” —Dr. Austin Sarat, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence & Political Science