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The latest film directed by Atom Egoyan (2008 laureate) investigates religion, grief, guilt and innocence in the true story of a horrific murder commited in the United States Bible Belt (see CUTV interview with Atom Egoyan below).

On May 5, 1993, three eight-year-old boys (Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers, and Michael Moore) went missing from their neighborhood in West Memphis, Arkansas. After an extensive search, their bound and beaten bodies were found the next day. The religious community and small police department were convinced that the murders were the work of a satanic cult due to the violent and apparent sexual nature of the crime. A month later, three teenagers (eighteen-year-old Damien Echols, sixteen-year-old Jason Baldwin, and seventeen-year-old Jessie Misskelley Jr.) were arrested after Misskelley, who was mentally handicapped, confessed after four hours of interrogation. Despite the lack of evidence connecting them to the crimes, they were convicted; Baldwin and Misskelley were sentenced to life and Echols to death.

August 19, 2011 they were allowed to walk free, while still maintaining their innocence and vowing to find the perpetrators.

Watch the CUTV interview