October 13, 2018 • 3:00 pm, 91 MIN
Naval Heritage Center

False Confessions

Katrine Philp, 2018 • Denmark, Germany

Each year innumerable American suspects confess to crimes they did not commit, and experts say that trained interrogators can get anybody to confess to anything. The film follows indefatigable defense attorney Jane Fisher-Byrialsen, who is determined to put an end to interrogation techniques that all too often pressure innocent people into false confessions. As we weave through four of Fisher-Byrialsen’s cases, all involving false confessions, the film examines the psychological aspect of how people end up confessing to crimes they have not committed and the consequences of these confessions – for those accused, for their families and for society at large. Post-screening discussion with subject Jane Fisher-Byrialsen and Marcia Davis.