The PBEye

Pro Bono As We See It
June 21, 2011

Exclusive Pro Bono Film Screening

The PBEye is pleased to report that for those of you who missed the documentary “Crime After Crime at D.C.’s International Film Festival in April, all hope is not lost!  The film won’t officially be released until July, but we have just gotten word of an advance screening at the West End Cinema this Friday, June 24 at 11 a.m.

You may recall that The PBEye featured “Crime After Crime” way back in January.  The film follows the work of two pro bono lawyers (Nadia Costa and Joshua Safran) from Bingham McCutchen LLP* as they represent Deborah Peagler, a woman imprisoned in California for her connection with her boyfriend’s murder.

Prior to his murder, Peagler’s boyfriend had physically abused her and forced her into prostitution.  20 years into her 26-year prison sentence, a new penal code was introduced in California that allowed for the reopening of a case if domestic abuse had played a part.  Director Yoav Potash has created a film that exposes the sad truth that 80 percent of women in U.S. prisons are survivors of rape or domestic violence.   You can learn more about the film on the website, here.

“Crime After Crime” will kick off its opening in New York City on July 1 and is coming back to the West End Cinema in Washington, D.C. on July 15.  Our friend, filmmaker Yoav Potash will attend select screenings during opening weekend and West End will run daily showings through July 21.  But remember, you can catch it first at the West End Cinema on June 24 at 11 a.m.

Other major cities featured on the film’s premier tour are Los Angeles, Atlanta, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Denver, Albuquerque, Seattle, and Dallas.

For those of you looking to attend a screening in D.C. between July 15 and July 21: discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, email

Trust us, we saw the film when it was here in April, and it is one you won’t want to miss!

Have you seen the film?  Are you planning to go this week?  Let us know what you think!

*denotes a Signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge®

*Hat tip to PBI Intern Lauren Rabb for her help with this post