Steel Notes Magazine Spring 2017 - Page 43

www.steelnotesmagazine.com tness to the scream: f The Witness (2016) By Jerry Saravia, Pseudo Film Critic 38 witnesses in an apartment complex claimed they saw and/or heard a woman screaming in agony after just suffering the first of two stabbings in the street below. Nobody did anything, nobody called police. This became a moral lesson for an adage that is now spoken and distributed ubiquitously: If you see something, say something. In the case of Kitty Genovese, a young 28-year-old woman who was brutally stabbed outside of her apartment in Kew Gardens, NY back in 1964, if you hear something, say something. In the entrancingly disturbing, emotionally draining and very moving documentary, “The Witness,” people did in fact hear her screeching screams of help yet, allegedly, nobody saw her. What is most revealing is that witnesses did in fact call the police and someone did help her during her last remaining moments she had left. This is the first of many disclosed truths that were ignored at the time. Kitty Genovese, a famous picture that was in actuality a mug shot Told from the point-of-view of Kitty’s youngest brother, Bill Genovese (a Vietnam veteran),“The Witness” is a full-throttle attempt to find out the truth, the whole concealed truth of Kitty’s murder. Bill Genovese takes on the obsessive and difficult task of finding the truth to a 50-year-old murder. He is a double amputee riding around in his wheelchair, sometimes at the crime scene and often visiting those who bore witness to the crime during the aftermath (many other witnesses have long passed). It is the work of a top-notch sleuth -- he even goes so far as to interview “60 Minutes” own Mike Wallace (who did a piece on it back in the day), Abe &6VFf&W"Wr&FW2VFF"vVVBF7&gBFRVvVBחFbvFW76W>( 7FVVFW2vPwwr7FVVFW6vR6УC0