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Juror Number Six

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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Filmakers Library
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 42 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: Yes

Copyright Date: 2008
Available in French: No

This short film (12 mins) explores the symbiotic relationship between the media, crime and the judicial system. Through interviews with legal and communications experts, it shows how today's 24/7 news culture and television dramas create a climate of fear that effects judicial process.

Watching TV news, reality cop-shows, rap music videos, and TV series such as CSI, we find minorities presented as potentially dangerous criminals, reinforcing perceptions that white, middle-class people are at risk of being attacked by people of color.

"You might not think media-influenced perceptions matter that much," NBC's Renee Ferguson remarks. "But when you bring those perceptions into a jury room, it does matter. …Do you really want decisions like that to be influenced by what a juror saw on cable TV last night?"

JUROR #6 is packaged with: RACE TO EXECUTION (new 30 min. version):
Race to Execution is a gripping documentary that offers a compelling investigation of America's death penalty, probing how race discrimination infects our capital punishment system. The film neither advocates nor repudiates the death penalty; instead, it enlarges the conversation regarding capital punishment, focusing attention on race-of-jury as well as race-of-victim.