Cast: Joy Nash, June Carryl, Maya Lynne Robinson
Israeli director Hagar Ben Asher’s heartbreaking film Dead Women Walking takes an unflinching look at the death penalty and its emotional toll on women. Nine vignettes move nine women inexorably towards the execution chamber, each story a different “last” phase in the institutional process.
The film opens with Donna, heading into court for a final appeal of her sentence, unable to follow her lawyer’s advice to not smile as she catches sight of her family. It comes full circle as Donna’s execution by lethal injection ends the film, with the movie also featuring many other emotionally harrowing moments along the way.