This documentary film was very interesting. My only problem with it is that the story at the heart of this documentary only began after the first 20 minutes.
The reason why I say this is because the filmmaker, Ray Klonsky, spends the first 20 minutes trying to draw parallels between himself and David McCallum that are not there. Then he peppers the documentary throughout with such comparisons. They could not be more different. Ray even says himself, "I'm not tough." However, if this was used as an attempt to soften David's image, it fell flat. Ultimately the viewer can remain thankful that his pen-pal friendship with David made a positive effect on his life regardless of the scale of trouble Ray in fact found himself in.
This would be a grade A documentary otherwise. The interviews with Rubin Carter were insightful, he's a very smart man. It is very well put together and seamlessly transitions between the storytelling and the interviews. Regarding innocence...who knows? The documentary puts a very good case that the investigation had holes and the defense team did not use all the evidence available. The elephant in the room is David's confession. It is just brushed aside. Ray suggests 16 year olds would more readily admit to something, true or not. It is hard to fathom doing so, knowing you are looking jail directly in the eye. This documentary was ultimately a question mark, not an answer.
David & Me
Crime / Documentary
David & Me
Crime / Documentary
A documentary about two unlikely friends - a convicted murderer and a young, Canadian filmmaker. David McCallum is 29 years into a life sentence. Despite a mountain of evidence that should exonerate David, or at least grant him a new trial, filmmaker Ray Klonsky and a pro-bono team are stymied by a justice system that is not designed to free the wrongly convicted. When news of a DNA match that fingers a new suspect surfaces, the team thinks justice will finally be served. But they quickly learn their fight has only just begun. "I've thought about it and I could not see myself standing in front of anyone and admitting guilt in this crime, and if it takes me dying in prison, I will do that. I'd rather die in prison. And that's the truth." -David McCallum You've probably never heard of David McCallum - his case has not garnered the attention of Mumia Abu-Jamal or David Milgaard in Canada - but for a quarter century, in relative obscurity, he has been tirelessly fighting to overturn his 1985 conviction for murder. When Ray Klonsky, a troubled Toronto teenager, began a letter correspondence with David McCallum, both of their lives changed forever. David helped Ray straighten out and Ray, in turn, has sustained David with hope during imprisonment in a New York State penitentiary. But what started as a simple friendship became a fight for justice with high-powered lawyers, world-renowned experts - including Rubin 'The Hurricane' Carter - and concerned citizens coming together to fight for David's innocence and freedom. After befriending David, Ray set out to make a documentary about David's story, chronicling the ongoing efforts to fight his conviction. Now, nearly 10 years later, Klonsky and the team makes one final push for justice to be served. Cameras follow Ray every step of the way as they hit the streets in search of that one piece of evidence or witness testimony that could get the case back into court and ultimately free David. Reasonable Doubt is not just another wrongful conviction documentary; it is the real story of how a convicted murderer and a young Canadian filmmaker changed both of their lives forever. —Markham Street Films
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November 04, 2021 at 01:12 PM