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American Trial: The Eric Garner Story (2020)

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American Trial: The Eric Garner Story is an unprecedented film event, an unscripted courtroom drama that presents the trial that never happened against the NYPD Officer who was videotaped putting Eric Garner in the chokehold that led to his death in 2014. American Trial employs real-life prosecutors and defense attorneys to conduct a totally unscripted mock trial using the real-life evidence, witnesses (including Esaw Snipes-Garner, Eric's widow), expert testimony and rules of criminal procedure; the only actor in the film is the man who plays the defendant, Officer Daniel Pantaleo. In American Trial: The Eric Garner Story, the audience is the jury and viewers decide whether Pantaleo should be found guilty or innocent -- a verdict the Garner family never had the chance to hear. American Trial: The Eric Garner Story premiered as a special presentation at the 2019 New York Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for American Trial: The Eric Garner Story

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Though there's no doubt where his sympathies lie, first-time feature director Messinger is dispassionate in the courtroom, allowing both sides to present reasoned arguments.

May 19, 2020 | Full Review…

Devastating look at a Black Lives Matter flashpoint.

June 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A righteous cause supported by a very bad idea, but a bad idea (a docu-drama) executed about as well as could be expected.

May 18, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

"American Trial: The Eric Garner Story" could have been something special. The idea has spectacular merits. It's just in the execution that things fall flat.

May 18, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

American Trial and its portrayal of the broken American legal system seems so real that it doesn't just convey Snipe Garner's helplessness but also amplifies it.

October 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Unfortunately this is not a film many will sit all the way through, the story and message being lost to audiences with less patience and attention span that the filmmakers were intending.

October 17, 2019 | Full Review…

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