The Trials of Darryl Hunt


1h 53m 2007

Brief Synopsis

In 1984, a young white newspaper reporter, Deborah Sykes, was raped, sodomized and stabbed to death just blocks from where she worked in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Based on an I.D. made by a former Klan member, a 19-year-old black man, Darryl Hunt, was charged. No physical evidence linked Hunt t

Film Details

Also Known As
Trials of Darryl Hunt
Release Date
2007

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 53m

Synopsis

In 1984, a young white newspaper reporter, Deborah Sykes, was raped, sodomized and stabbed to death just blocks from where she worked in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Based on an I.D. made by a former Klan member, a 19-year-old black man, Darryl Hunt, was charged. No physical evidence linked Hunt to the crime. Hunt was convicted by an all white jury, and sentenced to life imprisonment. In 1994, DNA testing cleared Hunt, yet he would spend another ten years behind bars. The film chronicles this capital case from 1984 through 2004. With personal narratives and exclusive footage from two decades, the film frames the judicial and emotional responses to this chilling crime--and the implications surrounding Hunt's conviction--against a backdrop of class and racial bias in America. This unique look at one man's loss and redemption challenges the assumption that all Americans have the right to unbiased justice.

Film Details

Also Known As
Trials of Darryl Hunt
Release Date
2007

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 53m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival (Nonfiction Features) September 28-October 13, 2006.

Co-winner of the Docufest Competition Special Jury Prize Silver Plaque at the 2006 Chicago International Film Festival.

Winner of the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Documentary at the 2006 Seattle International Film Festival.

Winner of the John Schlesinger Award, 2007 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Aired in United States 2006

Aired in United States April 26, 2007

Aired in United States January 2006

Aired in United States January 2007

Aired in United States June 2006

Aired in United States October 16, 2007

Aired in United States October 2006

Aired in United States September 2006

Aired in United States Summer June 15, 2007

Released in United States June 15, 2007

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (Black Perspectives, Docufest) October 5-19, 2006.

Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Uncle Sam's Docs) September 1-10, 2006.

Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival (Awards Buzz - Best Documentary Feature) January 4-15, 2007.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Documentary Competition) May 25-June 18, 2006.

Shown at SILVERDOCS:AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival (World View) June 13-18, 2006.

Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Independent Documentary Competition) January 19-29, 2006.

Aired in USA on HBO Network April 26, 2007.