Media as Prosecutor in Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart

The first trial to ever be televised gavel to gavel, the case of Pamela Smart seduced Americans far and wide. Jeremiah Zagar's documentary Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart pulls back the curtain on the controversial circus, examining the influence of media in Smart's persecution. For the first time, Smart, who has maintained her innocence since being accused as an accessory to her husband's murder in 1990, argues her side of the story. Brushing aside the embellished legacies of To Die For, which painted the Nicole Kidman, Smart-like character as a maniacal killer, Captivated asks audience to reconsider whether her lover Billy Flynn was as impresionable as the media's portrayal. Below, watch Zagar's recent Q&A at Hot Docs.