A tale of life. A tale of death.
Documentary from Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man) examining capital punishment - on why people kill, and why the state kills. More
The focus is on a triple homicide case in Texas. Herzog interviews (though as he told the Guardian, he doesn't like the term 'interviews': "I'm not a journalist; I'm a poet. I had a discourse, an encounter with these people but I never had a list of questions.") 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry, scheduled to die within eight days.
He also speaks with families of the victims and perpetrators, as well as a state executioner and pastor who have been with death row prisoners as they’ve taken their final breaths. Herzog describes it as "a gaze into the abyss of the human soul." Hide