The Netflix documentary Amanda Knox — and its latest trailer (watch it above) — gets at the heart of why her case was so compelling: Either this ordinary-seeming college student is a devious killer, or she spent eight years trapped in the nightmare scenario of being punished for someone else’s crime. As Knox herself puts it in the clip, “Either I’m a psychopath in sheep’s clothing, or I am you.” The new film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this month, takes a hard look at how Knox, 29, came to be accused of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher while studying abroad in Italy.
Twice convicted and twice acquitted, Knox spent four years in an Italian prison and was pilloried by the tabloid press, which mined her personal life for details to support the prosecution’s theory that she and her boyfriend killed Kercher during a violent sex game. According to The Daily Beast, the new documentary explores how the case against Knox was built by reporters and lawyers despite a lack of evidence, while the more likely murderer, drug dealer Rudy Guede (who was tried and convicted separately), faded into the background. The documentary focuses on interviews with Knox herself, but includes such key players as her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito; prosecutor Giuliano Mignini; and Daily Mail reporter Nick Pisa, who calls the case “a feeding frenzy.”
Amanda Knox premieres on Netflix Sept. 30.