The Execution Of Wanda Jean
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The Execution Of Wanda Jean
Liz Garbus (The Farm: Angola, USA) directed this documentary that takes a close look at death row inmate Wanda Jean Allen. What sets this film apart from the average examination of a death row appeal is that the convicted killer is a lesbian African-American. If the state of Oklahoma goes through with the sentence, she will become the first black woman to be killed by the state in almost a half century. Garbus interviews both Allen's legal team, as well as the parents of the victim. Since Allen certainly committed the act she has been convicted of, the legal drama hangs on if new evidence… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Compelling but self-undermining documentary."
‑ Jonathan Foreman, New York Post
"Gripping documentary..."
‑ Michael Szymanski,
"Worth a look by those on both sides of the issues, if only for the perspective it offers, one the public rarely sees."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Offers an unusual opportunity to observe the inequities in the death penalty, not just the inherent immorality but also the haphazard administration of it and public misperception of how the whole thing works."
‑ Julie Salamon, New York Times
"You will emerge with a clearer view of how the gears of justice grind on and the death report comes to share airtime alongside the farm report."
‑ Joshua Tanzer, Offoffoff
"Sensitively examines general issues of race and justice among the poor, and specifically raises serious questions about the death penalty and asks what good the execution of a mentally challenged woman could possibly do."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"As Allen's execution date closes in, the documentary gives an especially poignant portrait of her friendship with the never flagging legal investigator David Presson."
‑ Michael Miller, Village Voice
"A gripping documentary."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"[Garbus] discards the potential for pathological study, exhuming instead, the skewed melodrama of the circumstantial situation."
‑ Jon Lap, Apollo Guide
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