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The Witness

Two Days Only – Saturday and Sunday, September 10 & 11 at 3 PM.

On March 13, 1964, Kitty Genovese was repeatedly attacked on a street in Kew Gardens, Queens.

Soon after, The New York Times published a front-page story asserting that 38 witnesses watched her being murdered from their apartment windows–and did nothing to help.

The death of Kitty Genovese, 28, quickly became a symbol of urban apathy. The Witness follows the efforts of her brother Bill Genovese as he looks to uncover the truth buried beneath the story.

In the process, he makes startling discoveries about the crime that transformed his life, condemned a city, and defined an era.

"The strength of "The Witness" lies in its recognition that the truth is often not just elusive but unattainable."

Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

"The movie's one reënactment-an ingenious experiment in forensics and social science-unites drama, journalism, and first-hand experience in a masterstroke of pure cinema."

Richard Brody, New Yorker

""The Witness" makes an encouraging case for the argument that society is not as apathetic as we fear. But it also reveals a troubling phenomenon: our willingness to accept all that we are told as truth."

Pat Padua, Washington Post