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Blind Spot: Murder by Women
2000, 87 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W01720
Because murder by women is still relatively rare--only one out of eight murders in the United States is committed by a woman--women's own stories provide unique insights into the circumstances leading to these violent acts. In this absorbing documentary, intimate one-on-one interviews with six women murderers are combined with re-enactments of their background experience and visual re-creations of their interior lives. Sharing and reflecting on their memories, fantasies, dreams, and anger, the six women candidly describe their actions as perpetrators in detail and address the issue of having taken a life. Interspersed between their separate stories are their individual reflections on coping strategies, and life and relationships in prison. From the Academy and Emmy-award winning filmmakers responsible for DIALOGUES WITH MADWOMEN, BLIND SPOT is a provocative and riveting encounter with throw-away children, out-of-control adults, and the emotional, psychological and spiritual consequences of murder.


    "Vivid and accurate. As a homicide researcher, I wish everyone would see 'Blind Spot' for its moving portrayal of the real circumstances under which women kill."
    Elicka S.L. Peterson
    Criminologist, University of Missouri at St. Louis

    "An emotionally powerful and analytically provocative film. Narrated through the women's own voices with a richness of detail and self-reflection about both their past and their prison experiences, this film suggests multiple themes for discussion in classes in women studies, sociology, social work, criminal justice, social work and social psychology."
    Rachel Kahn-Hut
    San Francisco State University

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WMM offers film collections on a variety of specific subject areas, including the collections VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: Ending the Silence, BODY IMAGE, and AFRICAN-AMERICAN: Celebrate the Lives of African-American Women.

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