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The Witness

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

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Film By

  • James Solomon

Run Time

  • 89 Minutes


  • Shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature

"As deeply moving as it is enlightening."

The Hollywood Reporter

"A multi-layered nonfiction work about myth, self-deception and reclaiming life from death."


"Suspenseful and surprising."

Los Angeles Times

"The Witness is not the first attempt to amend the official record on the Kitty Genovese story… but it’s certainly the most personal and moving."


"Like a visualized ‘Serial.’"


"As gripping as true-crime procedurals Serial and Making a Murderer, but with more intimacy and heartache."

The Washington Post

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