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Lawrence E. King Jr.,
The true story of Helen Betty Osborne, a 19 year old Indian girl who was brutually murdered and slain on November 12, 1971 in The Pas, Manitoba, Canada and nearly taking 20 years for the police to find the four men who murdered her.Written by
A very well made film that looks at the miscarriages of justice against North America's First Nations people
I really liked this film because it focused on the wrongful injustices that have been committed against North America's First Nations people. Helen Betty Osbourne along with Donald Marshall and JJ Harper are 3 examples of what they went through at the hands of Canada's so-called "justice system". "Conspiracy of Silence" was well made because it accurately depicted what went on from that incident late that night in 1971 to the actual convictions that were FINALLY made in 1986 when all 4 men involved in the murder were brought to trial. In the end, only 1 man (the guy who committed the actual murder) went to prison while the other 3 went free. Now although justice finally seemed to be served, it literally took 15 YEARS for the 4 men to be brought to trial!! That's what's so appalling about the whole situation! Helen Betty Osbourne had something in common with Donald Marshall and JJ Harper. All 3 victims were Native (Donald Marshall is the only one still alive). Helen was a Cree First Nations woman who was never viewed as a human being by the Canadian laws and governments. To them, she was only "an Indian" and because of that, it took a whopping 15 years for the offenders to brought to justice! Of course the 4 men who committed the crime were white so it didn't matter to the "justice system" that they killed an innocent person (especially if the dead person was Native). If I were the judge and jury of that case, ALL 4 men involved would have had a lengthy jail term because the law IS the law and it applies to EVERYONE in this country who commits a serious crime like that. There's no room for racism and its bogus policies in this so- called "justice system" of ours.
Well............ anyways........... this is why I gave this film an 8 out of 10.
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