Jordana Lipsitz
September 08, 2016 5:37 pm
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If you decide that you want to take a gander at the new Amanda Knox documentary trailers on Netflix, sure, go for it.  In fact, I recommend it, because everyone needs an adrenaline boost every now and again. But I would recommend making sure all the lights are on, the doors are locked, and that you’re sitting down. The two trailers for Amanda Knox titled “Believe Her” followed by “Suspect Her” tell the story of a seemingly innocent girl or maybe a secret psychopath respectively. Despite both perspectives, it doesn’t become any more easy to settle on a real answer.

Knox, a student in a study abroad program in Perugia, Italy, was convicted of murdering her roommate in 2007, went on trial twice and spent years in Italian prison before being acquitted. According to Italian newspaper, Il Messaggero the young woman was acquitted because she had allegedly been “abused during one of the first interviews after the crime.”

The new documentary premieres Friday, September 8th at the Toronto International Film Festival and hits Netflix September 30th.

It will feature “unprecedented access to key people involved and never-before-seen archival material” and include interviews with Knox, her ex-boyfriend and (fellow co-defendant) Raffaele Sollecito, Italian prosecutor Giuliano Mignini, and Daily Mail reporter Nick Pisa.

Honestly, from the two trailers, I’m not convinced either way as to the guilt of Amanda Knox  and Raffaele Sollecito. In some ways, she seems like such an innocent, normal girl  trying to “grow up” while studying abroad but getting caught up in a horrible media frenzy. Then, she becomes stern-faced and her cold and says “Either I am a psychopath in sheep’s clothing or I am you,” and she seems sort of guilty. Regardless, the whole situation is high-key terrifying on so many levels.

Technically and judicially, Amanda Knox is innocent. But we’ll just have to wait until the documentary shows up on Netflix to make our own (irrelevant) calls on the matter. Her story is compelling and terrifying and I cannot wait to watch it (with all the lights on and doors firmly latched, no roommates invited).

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