Crime After Crime

Tue, April 29, 2014 7:00 pm

Free Screening followed by a conversation with Joshua Safran, Nadia Costa & Yoav Potash

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Film Screening & Conversation

Presented by the Center for Domestic Peace

CRIME AFTER CRIME is the exclusive documentary film on the dramatic legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, a woman imprisoned for over a quarter century due to her connection to the murder of the man who abused her.

Over 26 years in prison could not crush the spirit of this determined African-American woman. Despite suffering many injustices and abuses, she remains an inspiring and upbeat individual, leading the gospel choir and teaching other inmates to read and write while behind bars. She finds her only hope for freedom when two rookie attorneys with no background in criminal law step forward to take her case.

Through their perseverance, they bring to light long-lost witnesses, new testimonies from the men who committed the murder, and proof of perjured evidence. Their investigation ultimately attracts global attention to victims of wrongful incarceration and abuse, and takes on profound urgency when the case becomes a matter of life and death.

Filming in and out of prison for over five years, filmmaker Yoav Potash methodically documented this story as it unfolded. With exclusive access to Debbie Peagler and her attorneys, CRIME AFTER CRIME tells an unforgettable story of a relentless quest for justice.

-San Francisco Chronicle

-The Los Angeles Times


Registration: This is a FREE event BUT to guarantee a seat please REGISTER in advance.  Registrants will be seating first.  

Screening of documentary: Crime After Crime

Doors open: 6:15pm

Screening: 7:00pm

Followed by moderated conversation

Guests including featured attorney & film director
General Admission: first come, first served
Concessions of coffee/teas and snacks available for purchase


Joshua Safran is an author, attorney, speaker, and occasional rabbi, and was featured in the award-winning documentary CRIME AFTER CRIME, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and had its television debut as part of The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)’s Documentary Film Club. He is a nationally recognized champion for women’s rights and a zealous advocate for survivors of domestic violence and the wrongfully imprisoned. For his work, he has received national media coverage and numerous awards.

Nadia Costa, In addition to being a successful lawyer and mom, is an ultra-marathon runner who rises before dawn to train for hundred-mile races. The stamina that she has developed through this daily practice is a great asset in her work on Debbie's case, as the battle for Debbie's freedom itself becomes a legal marathon, stretching on for years and covering the terrain of both civil and criminal law. Nadia's personal mantra of "constant forward momentum," becomes the only way that Debbie and her legal team can persevere through the difficult challenges and setbacks they encounter. In addition, Nadia's background as a former social worker for Children's Protective Services in Los Angeles helps her research, investigate, and prove Debbie’s claims of abuse.


Yoav Potash is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. CRIME AFTER CRIME received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, The National Board of Review's Freedom of Expression Award, The Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism, and both the Audience Award and Investigative Documentary Feature Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, as well as dozens of other prizes.

Yoav obtained unprecedented access to California prisons to make the film, and he wrote about his personal journey with CRIME AFTER CRIME in an essay published by The Wall Street Journal. Yoav’s other recent work includes the documentary FOOD STAMPED (, winner of the Jury Prize at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival) and a dramatic "book trailer" to promote Joshua Safran's critically-acclaimed memoir, "Free Spirit." Yoav has also produced dozens of short documentaries for nonprofits organizations including JFCS of San Francisco and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and he has inspired many emerging filmmakers by teaching film courses at the Bay Area Video Coalition and Academy of Art University. He has been featured on MSNBC’s News Nation, KQED’s Forum, and as a speaker at Harvard University, Stanford University, The California Endowment, Good Pitch, and many other institutions and events. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where he earned the university’s top prize in creative writing. Alongside his documentary work, Yoav is developing and seeking investors for a dramatic motion picture based on his award-winning documentary CRIME AFTER CRIME. His screenplay for that project ranked in the top 1% of over 3,000 dramatic screenplays submitted to the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition.


About the Center for Domestic Peace:

The Center for Domestic Peace mobilizes individuals and communities to transform our world so domestic violence no longer exists, creating greater safety, justice and equality. Home of Marin Abused Women’s Services, Center for Domestic Peace offers a comprehensive range of support services including: emergency shelter, short- and long-term transitional housing, advocacy, legal referrals, and programs that offer individuals concrete ways to end their violence. We served over 4,500 individuals last year alone!