Capturing the Friedmans
Capturing the Friedmans is a documentary directed by the first time filmmaker Andrew Jarecki. The documentary is a disturbing but mesmerizing account of child molesters Arnold and Jesse Friedman.
Andrew Jarecki’s film raises as many questions as answers and one cannot decide whether the two are guilty or not.
Capturing the Friedmans is about the middle-class Long Island family which was torn apart in 1987 when child-molestation charges were filed against their two family members Arnold and Jesse Friedman . The charges followed a police raid which showed kiddie porn belonging to dad Arnold, a respected high school science teacher. On account of the recovery of the porn he and his 18-year-old son, Jesse, were subsequently accused of molesting dozens of young boys.
The trouble and their travails are painstakingly documented in this film. Theses videotaped compilation includes family footage recorded by another Friedman son, David. The feature shows sessions between Arnold and his attorneys. There are instances of conflicting testimony from alleged victims, posturing by police investigators and legal teams. Lastly there are heartrending family farewells which are documented in this film.
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