Kitty Genovese was brutally murdered by Winston Moseley, at about 3 am, while walking home from her job as a bar waitress in NYC. As told in the now-classic story in the New York Times, nearly 40 neighbors heard and/or saw what was happening, but did not do so much as lift a finger to help her. This event soon became a symbol for citizen apathy and non-involvement. It even served as the catalyst for the creation of the 9-1-1 system. There were numerous books written and annual conferences held related to the incident. But how accurate and truthful was this N.Y. Times article?
Kitty’s younger brother Bill was devastated by Kitty’s murder. He was only a young boy at the time. His life, as well as those of his siblings and parents, were profoundly affected by Kitty’s death in numerous ways which are revealed in the film. Bill, still tormented by this tragedy, sets out on an arduous quest to find out what really happened that night.
This film was written and produced by Bill, who also stars. He and Director James Solomon have created one of the most riveting and emotionally-compelling documentaries I have seen in years. I anticipate that it will wind up in my 2016 Top 10 films list and is a MUST SEE!