Death Row
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Werner Herzog, cinema’s artist-scientist, has spent his adult life investigating the extremes of human experience. Having explored the psyches of ski jumpers, conquistadors, opera fanatics, slave traders and extreme scientists, he now has turned his curious camera towards America’s judicial system. His “Death Row” series of profiles continues the work he began with the acclaimed documentary Into the Abyss (TFF 2011) and the TV series On Death Row. The two men featured in Herzog’s latest essays are Blaine Milam, a 22-year-old convicted in 2010 of torturing and ritualistically murdering a 13-month-old baby; and Robert Fratta, 56, a former policeman who had his wife executed in 1994. Even as he reveals the paradoxes of a deeply flawed crime-and-punishment system, Herzog films correctional officers, the convicted and the families of the victims with the same unflinching gaze and deep humanity.

DEATH ROW: BLAINE MILAM AND ROBERT FRATTA

U.S., 2013, 100m | Writer-director: Werner Herzog

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