Sadly, more than 100 Georgians lose their lives to domestic violence each year, placing Georgia 10th highest in the nation. At the same time, nearly one-third of women here in Georgia experience the terrorizing effects of domestic violence in their lifetimes. The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV) will host Crime After Crime; an exclusive documentary film at Lefont Theater in Sandy Springs on July 30, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Immediately following, members of the cast, R & B singer KeKe Wyatt, a domestic abuse survivor, and domestic violence professionals will host a panel discussion and reception. Event proceeds will go directly to GCADV and support increased awareness, resources, and education for domestic violence programs and survivors.
Crime After Crime, winner of numerous film festival awards across the nation, tells the dramatic story of the legal battle to free Deborah Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence. Over 26 years in prison could not crush the spirit of this determined African-American woman, despite the wrongs she suffered, first at the hands of a deceitful boyfriend who beat her and forced her into prostitution, and later by prosecutors who used the threat of the death penalty to corner her into a life behind bars for her connection to the murder of her abuser. Her story takes an unexpected turn two decades later when two rookie land-use attorneys step forward to take her case. Through their perseverance, they bring to light long-lost witnesses, new testimonies from the men who committed the murder, and proof of perjured evidence. Their investigation ultimately attracts global attention to victims of wrongful incarceration and domestic abuse, and becomes a matter of life and death once more. Since its release film festival release in 2010, Crime After Crime has won numerous awards and been featured nationally over twenty times.
In support of GCADV and Crime After Crime, Lefont Theater will provide complimentary popcorn for all attendees. To purchase advance tickets, visit http://gcadv.eventbrite.com or purchase tickets at LeFont Theater on July 30th.