Picks and Pans Review: Rape: Cries from the Heartland
updated 07/01/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/01/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT
This searing documentary from filmmaker Maryann DeLeo closely follows seven cases from the Rape Crisis Center in Memphis. One victim is five months pregnant, one is mentally handicapped, one is 72 years old. Only one of the attacks ends in prosecution.
DeLeo gains extraordinary access. Her cameras often arrive at the crime scene at the same time as the police. As a result, the victim's terror, confusion and sense of violation is all too clear. It makes for very powerful, very alarming television.