The execution of wanda jean chronicles the life-and-death battle of wanda jean allen, the first black woman to be put to death in the united states in the modern era country: usa genre: documentary. This documentary film depicts the clemency appeal of mentally-impaired death row inmate wanda jean allen the failure of the appeal resulted in her execution on january 11, 2001 wanda jean allen was the first black women to be executed in the united states since 1954. The execution of wanda jean: in 1988, wanda jean allen shot and killed her lesbian lover outside an oklahoma city police station on january 11, 2001, after a twelve-year stay on death row, she became the first black woman executed in america in the last fifty years. This in-depth documentary examines the controversy surrounding the 2001 execution of black inmate wanda jean allen, a convicted murderer whose low iq bordered retardation, yet an oklahoma court sentenced her to death by lethal injection the film chronicles her final days and the state's execution. This is a 2003 documentary about the execution of wanda jean allen, who was given a lethal injection by the state of oklahoma in 2001 the film delves into the american criminal justice system with the compelling story of convicted murderess.
Liz garbus (the farm: angola, usa) directed this documentary that takes a close look at death row inmate wanda jean allen what sets this film apart from the average examination of a death row. A small but significant portion of the execution of wanda jean is devoted to the petty squabbles among allen's siblings and cousins, many of whom appear to be overly concerned with getting their proper respect from the lawyers and reporters. Frontpage page history sociology through documentary film this list was originally created by jessie daniels, phd the execution of wanda jean (2002.
This unflinching documentary probes a strange and complex murder case just before christmas 1988, wanda jean allen shot and killed her girlfriend in front of an oklahoma police station. Films on the death penalty the execution of wanda jean, (documentary, 2004, 90 min) - an unflinching investigation of the role wanda jean allen was an. Women on death row most killed their children, husbands age at execution age at offense race state wanda jean allen 41 29 black oklahoma.
The execution of wanda jean (dvd, 2005) sealed brand new a fish called wanda ~ new dvd movie ~ 1988 jamie lee curtis romantic comedy a fish called wanda(dvd. Two families were victimized by wanda jean allen, attorney general drew edmondson told more than 50 reporters and photographers before the execution our thoughts are with them they have. The execution of wanda jean allen (2002) looks into the final 3 months of death row inmate wanda jean who had a 69 iq and ended up the first african american female executed by lethal injection in oklahoma since the 1950s. Wanda jean allen is a special case, it has been hard for me to decide if she is a victim, offender or both i think that wanda jean is both a victim and offender.
Scottsboro: an american tragedy film description he began his cross-examination by setting out an exact replica of the freight train which he had procured from the lionel toy corporation. The execution of wanda jean is an emotionally charged film chronicling one woman's fight to get off death row through wanda jean allen's life-and-death battle, garbus skillfully crafts an unforgettable exploration into one of america's most controversial ethical and political dilemmas: the death penalty. Wanda jean allen was serving a four-year prison sentence for killing her roommate when she met gloria leathers, who was serving time for manslaughter allen, who was released two years into her sentence, offered leathers a place to stay upon her release. The oklahoma court of criminal appeals on october 4 selected january 11, 2001 as the date for execution by lethal injection of wanda jean allen, now 41, convicted in 1989 of killing her lover gloria jean leathers, 29.
While it's unlikely to change any minds on the subject of capital punishment, documentarian liz garbus's disturbing examination of the execution of wanda jean allen is worth a look by those on both sides of the issues, if only for the perspective it offers, one the public rarely sees in. Wanda jean allen was in a relationship with gloria leathers about wanda jean allen is a member of the following lists: american female criminals , women sentenced to death and people executed by oklahoma by lethal injection. He was director of photography for girlhood and the execution of wanda jean allen (hbo) and a cameraman for new york rescue, polly bites back, and volcano island (all national geographic), among other documentaries.