TO HELL AND BACK
by Megan Finnegan
Once documentary filmmaker Lisa Jackson gets an idea in her head, she doesn’t back down until it’s translated to the screen. Her latest film, Sex Crimes Unit, has been over 15 years in the making. The documentary premieres on HBO June 20, and is the product of countless hours Jackson spent, with and without her camera crew, hanging around the unit of the District Attorney’s office responsible for prosecuting Manhattan’s sex crimes.
Jackson, who lives and works on the Upper West Side, met Linda Fairstein, then the head of the unit, in the mid ‘90s and began following her cases.
“It just became an obsession of mine to try to do a film about the unit,” Jackson said. “The fact that it was the first unit in the country; it really is the gold standard. I thought, rape is so chronically underreported that if you showed a portrait of the prosecutors who do take on these crimes that maybe survivors would be more likely to come forward.”
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"Sex Crimes Unit has drama, suspense, terrific personalities and a great deal of heart."
— John Anderson, Variety