When Andrew Jarecki’s controversial film, Capturing The Friedmans, was nominated for an Oscar, victims of the film spoke out, writing a letter Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Andrew Jarecki’s portrayed the victims in his film as if they had invented their stories to satisfy an overzealous Nassau County police force.
According to the New York Times, the letter stated:
”We did not lie. We did not exaggerate. We were never hypnotized to tell our stories.” They said the director had twisted the facts in the film to make it appear that they had.
If the film wins an Oscar, they wrote, ”it will be won at the expense of silencing the plaintive voices of abused children once again, just as our own voices were silenced 16 years ago by the threats and intimidation of our tormentors.”
One of the victims who helped write the letter to the academy, also wrote a letter to the judge who presided over the case:
”This director’s [Andrew Jarecki] cause is wrong and his purpose is self-serving at my expense as well as at the expense of other victims.”
Read the full letter on the Leadership Council website. The Leadership council website is a resource of psychologists who specialize in child molestation. The council has found fault with Andrew Jarecki’s film, and the manipulative tactics he used to create more ambiguity in his film, in hopes to make more money off his film.