In 2007 Amanda Knox went from a name known to the young woman’s friends and family to a name heard all around the world. The then twenty-year-old was thrust into the middle of a media scandal surrounding the death of another young woman, who happened to be her roommate, named Meredith Kercher. The trial was highly publicized, her personal life was critiqued by anyone with a voice, and the entire trial played out more like a circus sideshow than a murder case. For these reasons, and many more, it was hard to try to figure out what was true and what wasn’t; but a new Netflix Documentary will attempt to shine some light on the situation.
“Either I’m a psychopath in sheep’s clothing or I am you.”
The two-part trailer for Amanda Knox which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival focuses on letting the public in on lesser known parts of the trial and evidence, not before aired interviews, and Amanda herself putting her heart and soul on display. She was called everything from a pervert to a murderous liar during the trial, even nicknamed “Foxy Knoxy” as her sex life was put on display and she was taunted for her actions after the murder, specifically for a video of her and her boyfriend standing close and kissing after they discovered Meredith’s body.
The situation surrounding that video, and others, are explored in this documentary in a way they weren’t during the trial. For instance, Amanda says whats actually happening in that video is that the pair were forced to leave the apartment and were caught trying to calm and comfort one another after receiving the heartbreaking news. There is also the challenge however, that Amanda was wrongfully acquitted and she’s actually been able to get away with murder, having served almost 4 years behind bars before she was freed in 2011.
Another thing this documentary does is humanize Amanda. It takes her story and removes the media input, the unimportant pieces of her past, and what version of herself was sculpted by everyone on her behalf during the trial and lets a more real picture of who she is be painted. The creators of this documentary didn’t want to sensationalize the case again or necessarily paint her as guilty or innocent; they just wanted to take away all the extra and at the same time pose a question. Why does the public so easily turn tragedy into entertainment and when does it stop?
The documentary will be available on Netflix on September 30th and you too can look at the case through new eyes and see Amanda as a real person, vulnerable and open, instead of the scandal most know her as now.