Dead Women Walking
Made by Israeli Director Hagar Ben Asher, Dead Women Walking traces the final days of a series of women on death row in the United States, from two weeks before one inmate’s execution to mere minutes before another’s. As these narratives develop, the human toll of the death penalty — not only on the women convicted of violent crimes, but also on their families, prison officials, and ministers and counsellors coaching them through their final days—comes into clear focus. Looming over Dead Women Walking are two questions: Why did they do it? And, more implicit and rarely asked: How does society grapple with women’s violence?