Dir. James Solomon. 2016, 90 mins. DCP. With William Genovese. Fifty years ago, the name “Kitty Genovese” became synonymous with urban apathy after news that she was stabbed to death on a New York City street while 38 witnesses did nothing. “For more than half an hour,” The New York Times report began, “38 respectable, law-abiding citizens…watched a killer stalk and stab a woman in three separate attacks…Not one person called the police.” Forty years later, her brother Bill decides to find the truth buried beneath the story. In the process, he uncovers a lie that transformed his life, condemned a city, and defined an era. More than a decade in the making, The Witness brings healing to the family who lost so much that cold March day in Kew Gardens, and asks us all: what do we owe each other?
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