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INDIE FEATURE “RFK” LEADS TO FORWARD MOVEMENTUM IN EFFORTS TO RESOLVE DECADES-OLD POLITICAL MURDER
When Filmmaker Mark Sobel screened his new documentary feature film “RFK – His Vision and the Decades of Opportunity Lost” as a “work-in-progress” at a regional cinematic event held by the Sacramento Film Society in April of 2008, he was gratified by receiving an award for Best Documentary and having the chance to get audience feedback while still in post-production. However he could not have imagined the effect that the still unfinished and unreleased film would have.
An element of the story (virtually unknown to most Americans) recounts that convicted assassin Sirhan Sirhan was placed in solitaire confinement on September 11, 2001, on suspicion of helping to orchestrate the attack on the World Trade Center from his jail cell, and that he had been held there for 7 years as of the film’s screening date in Sacramento. The placement of Sirhan in solitaire on 9-11 had cut off all efforts to have Sirhan placed under hypnosis to retrieve memories from Sirhan’s subconscious of the months leading up to the tragic night of June 5, 1968, to determine if others had been involved in the planning. Every member of the State Legislature in Sacramento, Capital of California, was invited to a special screening of “RFK,” which was widely promoted in the local press.
Both Sobel and Law were taken aback when just months after the screening in Sacramento, the California prison system suddenly removed Sirhan from solitary confinement without explanation and moved him back to normal housing. Now the possibility of bringing in psychiatrists to conduct the hypnosis is a step closer to reality.
Sobel sees the otherwise inexplicable event of Sirhan’s sudden exodus from solitaire confinement after 7 years as a result of political pressure following the screening of “RFK” in Sacramento, because of the film’s perceived potential to cause political embarrassment or controversy when eventually seen by large segments of the public upon its commercial released. “By moving Sirhan now,” Sobel points out, “it minimizes the ability for criticism later.”
“And it is a lesson of the power of documentary motion pictures,” he adds. “Here is a circumstance in which keeping the public informed directly caused change to come about.”
Contact: Mark Sobel (818) 763-5428
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