Followed by a discussion with director James Solomon, Kitty's brother William Genovese, and journalist Jim Rasenberger
Dir. James Solomon. 2016, 90 mins. DCP. With William Genovese. Fifty years ago, the name “Kitty Genovese” became synonymous with urban apathy after news that she was stabbed to death on a New York City street while 38 witnesses did nothing. “For more than half an hour,” The New York Times
report began, “38 respectable, law-abiding citizens…watched a killer stalk and stab a woman in three separate attacks…Not one person called the police.” Forty years later, her brother Bill decides to find the truth buried beneath the story. In the process, he uncovers a lie that transformed his life, condemned a city, and defined an era. More than a decade in the making, The Witness
brings healing to the family who lost so much that cold March day in Kew Gardens, and asks us all: what do we owe each other?
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