Execution of Wanda Jean

Execution of Wanda Jean

Director: Liz Garbus

Cast: Liz Garbus, Wanda Jean Allen, David Presson, Steven Presson

     
 

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 beSee more details below

Overview

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 concerning Allen's mental state will sway the clemency board. This film was screened at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
With its journalistic objectivity and its careful attention to the procedural aspects of the death-row appeals process, The Execution of Wanda Jean strips away the shrillness of capital-punishment rhetoric, leaving the inherently gripping subject matter to speak for itself. The result is an unusually subtle documentary that could as easily be embraced by either side of the death-penalty debate. Subject Wanda Jean Allen's guilt is never in question; an African-American lesbian of diminished mental capacity, she admits to having killed her lover. The central question in Liz Garbus' film, then, is the mechanism by which the judicial system turns guilt into a death sentence -- and whether the appeals process will pay off for Allen and her team of committed legal counsel. The film's title leaves little doubt as to the outcome. But through powerful interviews with Allen's lawyers and family, Garbus turns the workaday reality of death row into gripping drama.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/29/2005
UPC:
0767685975336
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
NR
Source:
New Video Group
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:28:00

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Performance Credits
Wanda Jean Allen Participant
David Presson Participant
Steven Presson Participant
Mary Allen Participant
Ruby Wilson Participant
Robin Meyers Participant
Bill Allen Participant
Sandra Howard Participant
Greg Wilson Participant
Mark Allen Participant
LaSandra Allen Participant
Robert Jackson Participant
Bob Carpenter Participant
Steven Allen Participant
Martin Krimsky Participant
Jesse Jackson Participant

Technical Credits
Liz Garbus Director,Producer
Wendy Blackstone Score Composer
Margaret Crimmins Sound Editor
Tony Hardmon Cinematographer
Judy Karp Sound/Sound Designer
Rory Kennedy Producer
Mary Manhardt Editor
Claudette Nevins Executive Producer
Chandra Simon Associate Producer
Greg Smith Sound Editor
Dog Bark Sound Sound Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Execution of Wanda Jean
1. Knowing the Suspect [6:43]
2. Hope for the Best [8:38]
3. Spiritual Healing [8:46]
4. Mercy of the Court [9:25]
5. Final Appeal [4:10]
6. Prayer Session [7:07]
7. Hands in the Air [7:38]
8. Destiny Revealed [12:42]
9. Sleepless Nights [7:04]
10. Connection Lost [6:42]
11. Like a Champ [6:33]
12. Credits [2:21]

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