James Solomon, director of the doc “The Witness” — about the famous murder of Kitty Genovese by Winston Moseley in 1964 — says people were open to talking to the filmmaker.
The film features Kitty’s brother Bill as he tries to discover why an alleged 38 witnesses did nothing to help her, something that became known as the “bystander effect.”
“Bill has been a double amputee since the age of 19 [from a war injury],” Solomon said. “People are [at first] so uncomfortable with him, they just don’t know where to put their eyes. He makes them feel comfortable right away. People who have experienced trauma look at Bill and see that he gets it.”
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