On March 13, 1964, Kitty Genovese was repeatedly attacked on a street in Kew Gardens, Queens. Soon after, The New York Times published a front-page story asserting that 38 witnesses watched her being murdered from their apartment windows – and did nothing to help.
“Astonishing … the strength of The Witness lies in its recognition that the truth is often not just elusive but unattainable.” – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
The shocking death of 28-year-old Kitty Genovese quickly became an infamous symbol of urban apathy. The gripping and eye-opening new documentary The Witness follows the efforts of Kitty’s younger brother, Bill Genovese, as he looks to uncover the truth buried beneath the official story reported by the media. In the process, he makes startling discoveries about the crime that transformed his life, condemned a city, and defined an era. (Dir. by James D. Solomon, 2016, USA, 89 mins., Not Rated)