West of Memphis Launches London Investigative Film Festival

    Oscar nominated director Amy Berg yesterday opened the London Investigative Film Festival with her acclaimed documentary West of Memphis. 

    After a shaky start (we had to move rooms due to malfunction of the projector at the Oliver Thompson Theatre) this powerful documentary left a number of people in the audience with tears in their eyes.

    The story of the wrongful conviction of three teenagers in Arkansas and the lengthy fight for their release took three years to film and produced the best ending one could ever expect - freedom for all three. It came at a price, a compromise deal was struck with the state in the end, where the West Memphis Three were released, having to plead guilty 'in their best interest' and leaving the real murderer(s) at large. 

    Amy took part in a Q&A with the audience after the screening, telling just how surprised she was herself to hear about the deal being struck and the ultimate freedom for the three. 

    It was a film with no budget, solely aimed at helping Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jesse Misskelley in their fight for justice. 

    You can see the photos from the opening night on the CIJ Facebook page