The Witness

The Witness

DVD - 2017
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The name Kitty Genovese became synonymous with urban apathy after news that she was stabbed to death while 38 witnesses did nothing. Fifty years later, her brother uncovers a lie that transformed his life, condemned a city, and defined an era.
Publisher: [United States] : Film Rise, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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May 01, 2018

“At what point are you going to be satisfied?”
“I can’t stop until I feel like it’s over.”
“When is it over?”
“I’ll know when it’s over.” –Bill Genovese

The murder of Kitty Genovese made her the symbol of bystander apathy in America. Stabbed to death in 1964, it was reported in the New York Times that the attack was allegedly witnessed by 38 of her neighbors—who did nothing. Then, in 2004, this account was questioned, and the investigation reopened. Were the circumstances surrounding Kitty’s death a mere urban myth? In this riveting documentary, her brother Bill Genovese breaks the family’s silence, sharing his personal quest to find out the answers and ultimately humanizing Kitty for a new generation. His obsession with her death and the way it subsequently shaped his life is no less fascinating than the mystery surrounding the 38 and viewers will find themselves unable to look away as Genovese confronts the witnesses, their families, the killer, and ultimately himself.

Jan 17, 2018

This was a very interesting film about a brother's inability to move on since the brutal murder of his sister, 54 years ago!! Come on, I know it is hard, but he can't seem to move on - after 54 years. Losing both of his legs in Vietnam seemed to pale in comparison to his sister's death. I hope that by doing this piece that he can finally move on and accept her death.

Aug 17, 2017

Film explores the difference between a news story and the truth.

Feb 09, 2017

Brother Bill spent almost a life time in search of facts about sister Kitty's death in 1964. Made us wait til the end to find out about his disability.

Nov 25, 2016

The Kitty Genovese 1964 murder in NYC is infamous because of the report that 38 witnesses did nothing to help her. In this documentary, Kitty's younger brother begins a journey to find out the truth-- what was real and what became myth? Absolutely fascinating--if you are a documentary enthusiast and/or interested in the boundaries between fact, fiction and popular memory, this film should be on your "must see" list.


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