A new documentary "Amanda Knox," which centers around the now 29-year-old Seattleite once accused of murdering her roommate in Italy, debuts on Netflix this Friday.
"What we found is that she has this kind of bird's eye perspective on these years looking back on it in a way that is very unexpected that I think for someone who had been caught up in the story,'' filmmaker Rod Blackhurst told TODAY Wednesday.
Blackhurst and fellow filmmaker Brian McGinn dive into the saga that began n 2007 when Knox was a college student studying abroad in Perugia, Italy. Her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, 21, was found dead in the house they shared, setting off an eight-year chain of events.
Knox was arrested and convicted on murder charges by an Italian court. Knox was sentenced to 26 years, while her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years. Knox spent nearly four years in an Italy prison before she and Sollecito were acquitted on appeal and released on October 4, 2011.
In 2014, the two had their convictions reinstated while she was living at home in Seattle. She and Sollecito were then acquitted again in 2015 by Italy's highest court.
The documentary features interviews with both Knox and Sollecito about their lives before the incident and their relationship in its early stages. The film also features audio recordings of Knox and her mother speaking while she was in prison and spotlights Knox's present life in Seattle.
"They were all very open with us,'' Blackhurst said. "I think they all felt like there had been these different versions of them painted and portrayed in the way the media was covering the story, and they wanted the opportunity to talk about themselves in their own words."
The documentary also talks to lead prosecutor Guillano Mignini and the lawyer for Rudy Guede, who is serving a 16-year sentence after he was tried separately in 2008 and convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering Kercher.
Family members of Meredith Kercher did not participate in the documentary.
"We did reach out to them twice and we'd still very much like to talk to them if they'd like to talk to us, but they've made it clear that every time they have to talk about this, it's re-examining this wound,'' Blackhurst told TODAY.
"Even with that being said, we wanted to make sure that people in the film remember that this was a tragedy at its core that became this piece of entertainment and this set of headlines that caught the world up for the better part of a decade."
Earlier this month, filmmakers released two trailers for the documentary with different points of view. One trailer is titled "Believe Her," the other "Suspect Her." Both feature Knox addressing the camera directly.
"Suddenly, I found myself tossed into this dark place...I was so scared. Before Italy, I had a happy life."
"Either I'm a psychopath in sheep's clothing, or I am you."
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