Twice convicted – and twice acquitted – of murder by the Italian courts, American woman Amanda Knox has endured a decade of intense speculation.
That speculation will intensify with the release of a Netflix documentary about the brutal slaying of Knox’s British roommate Meredith Kercher, in Italy in 2007.
Two trailers released ahead of the documentary’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9 show two sides to the story. The first trailer, titled Believe Her, features an emotional Knox professing her innocence. In the second clip, Suspect Her, opposing arguments are featured which point to questions over her involvement in the murder.
“Either I’m a psychopath in sheep’s clothing, or I am you,” 29-year-old Knox says emphatically in one of two trailers.
She was interviewed extensively for the documentary, titled Amanda Knox, which streams globally on Netflix on September 30.
Her former boyfriend and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito, and Italian prosecutor Giuliano Mignini, are also interviewed.
“That’s everyone’s nightmare,” Knox says of her ordeal.
“Suddenly, I found myself tossed into this dark place … I was so scared; I don’t know what else to say.”
In the two opposing viewpoints, Knox describes her life in Italy before she was arrested.
“I was a kid,” she says.
The saga began in November of 2007, when 21-year-old Kercher was found – stabbed to death, her throat slit in an alleged “sex game” – in the home she shared with Knox.
In 2009, Knox and Sollecito were found guilty of murder and sentenced to 29 years in prison – but were acquitted in 2011 after evidence was found to be flawed. In 2014, the Italian courts re-instated the guilty verdict – though Knox had returned to the US – but the Supreme Court overturned that conviction in 2015.
In explaining its decision, the Court of Cassation said there was “absolute lack of biological traces” of the pair on Kercher’s body, or in the room.
“Before Italy, I had a happy life,” Knox says.
Sollecito adds: “When I was with Amanda, I was so happy.”
When reflecting on the case, Mignini says: “I asked myself, ‘Is a monster responsible for this?'”
The film claims “unprecedented access to key people involved, and never-before-seen archival material” and is directed by Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn.