Netflix Secures Rights to Documentary on Cyntoia Brown

Cyntoia Brown (GoFundMe). Netflix announced previously this month that it has actually acquired a documentary that tells the story of Cyntoia Brown and how she acquired clemency

. Director Daniel H. Birman will direct the movie, which still remains untitled. Birman had previously directed a part of Brown’s defend clemency in the documentary entitled Me Dealing With Life: Cyntoia’s Story, which aired in 2011 as part of PBS’s Independent Lens Series.

The 2011 documentary informs the story of Brown, who was arrested when she was 16-years-old in Nashville, Tennessee, for murdering a male who obtained her for sex. She was sentenced to life in jail and tried as an adult, The New York City Times formerly reported. Court documents acquired by The New York Times mentioned that Brown’s mother placed her for adoption when she was a kid. When Brown was 16, she escaped from her adoptive family and resided in a motel with a pimp who she referred to as “Cut Throat” who sexually, physically, and mentally abused her, according to Refinery 29.” He would describe to me that some people were born sluts, which I was one, and I was a slut, and nobody ‘d desire me but him, and the finest thing I could do was just find out to be an excellent slut,” Brown affirmed.

In 2004, a genuine estate broker called Johnny M. Allen got Brown at a dining establishment in Nashville, and she was provided $150 to participate in sex at his home, according to court files gotten by The New York Times. After they had actually got into bed, Brown thought he was trying to eliminate her and shot him in his sleep with a handgun she had in her bag. She took loan, 2 guns, and left, according to the court files obtained by the publication.

In 2017, Birman’s previous documentary assisted trigger a restored effort to help totally free Brown, who is now 31-years-old, according to WBUR. Stars like Rihanna, Kim Kardashian West, Amy Schumer, and numerous others concerned Brown‘s side and the #FreeCyntoiaBrown flowed on social networks. In December 2018, Tennessee’s Supreme Court ruled that Brown must remain in prison for a minimum of 51 years before she could be qualified to be launched from prison, HuffPost previously reported. A claim was filed on Brown’s behalf, arguing that it was unconstitutional to give mandatory life sentences to juveniles without granting parole. In January, Governor Costs Haslam granted her demand for clemency and is set to be released from prison on August 7.

“Cyntoia Brown devoted, by her own admission, a dreadful criminal offense at the age of 16,” Haslam said in a previous declaration, according to The New York Times.

“Yet, enforcing a life sentence on a juvenile that would need her to serve a minimum of 51 years before even being eligible for parole consideration is too extreme, specifically due to the amazing steps Ms. Brown has required to reconstruct her life. Improvement should be accompanied by hope.”

Among Brown’s lawyers, Charles W. Bone, informed The New York Times that Brown “lit up” with joy when she heard that she was going to be released from jail. He previously informed the publication during a press conference that he eagerly anticipates seeing Brown “stroll out of prison.”

“She deserves this, and is worthy of the full credit for it,” Bone formerly said, according to the publication.

In a statement following the announcement of her clemency, Brown thanked her lawyers and those who have supported her throughout her journey to be launched. She said she wanted to help other trafficking victims.

“I am thankful for all the assistance, prayers, and support I have actually received. We really serve a God of second opportunities and clean slates,” she said in a previous statement obtained by The Tennessean.”The Lord has held my hand this entire time and I would have never made it without Him. Let today be a testament to His Conserving Grace.”

Birman’s new documentary about Brown will focus on her journey and will tell her story after leaving prison. There is no set date on when the documentary is set to air.


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Maria Perez is a breaking news author for The North Star. She has an M.A. in Urban Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has actually been released in the different locations, consisting of Newsweek, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, City Limits, and local papers like The Wave and The Home Reporter.