10 impactful documentaries you should watch on Netflix

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Amanda Knox (2016)

Amanda Knox has been in the public eye for as long as anyone can remember. Part of an infamous trial involving the murder of her housemate Meredith Kercher, Knox was incarcerated for the crime and spent 4 years in prison in Italy in 2007. During that time, Knox appealed her case and was eventually acquitted and allowed to return to the US and, after a prolonged legal battle, exonerated for the murder.

The documentary details the high profile case and the fact that it involved three different countries — Meredith Kercher was a British exchange student, Knox is American and the two of them were studying in Perguia, Italy. Despite the extensive news coverage, the documentary Amanda Knox manages to peel apart this infamous case and get under the skin of Knox’s experience being on trial in front of the entire world.

Cutting in interviews with Knox, the Perugian police, forensic and crime experts, Amanda Knox weaves a story about the media, police corruption, xenophobia and a horrible injustice. It’s clear the filmmakers want us to believe that Knox is innocent; we’re given exclusive access to Knox herself, and the doc gives a voice to a woman who has been predominantly silenced by the media.

Directors Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn succeed in shedding new light on a story that has been dragged through every newspaper and shown on every TV station. It’s definitely worth a watch.

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