Capturing the Friedmans

Capturing the Friedmans is a new documentary
chronicling the conviction of popular high school teacher Arnold
Friedman and his 18 year-old son, Jesse, on charges that they
molested students tutored in their Great Neck, New York, home. The
film incorporates family photos, home movies, and videos with
interviews of those directly involved with the case. Although both
Friedmans plead guilty to the charges, to this day, many questions
remain — most notably, whether the alleged victims were coerced to
‘remember’ the crimes. Of all the former students interviewed, only
one claimed to be molested. And even he questions the validity of
his memories, as they were ‘recovered’ while under hypnosis.
Despite the film’s provocative title, it’s impossible to capture
the truth, as Arnold Friedman died in prison in 1995. Jesse
Friedman’s website reveals insight into his proclaimed innocence
and why lawyers apparently advised him not only to plead guilty,
but also to falsely accuse his father of sexually abusing him,
too.
Erin Ferdinand

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