It is not unusual for audiences at the Sundance Film Festival to give ovations, but the ceremonial act has become a solemn air like two men who blame Michael Jackson for harassing them as boys on stage after the festival just a projection on Leaving Neverland, a documentary about their stories.
Wade Robson, who says Jackson has abused him at the age of 7 to 14, and James Seifchuk appears to be adults with his accusations of abuse after Jackson's death in 2009.
The four-hour film is broadcast in two parts of British Channel 4 and HBO this spring, is a sprawling tale of how their lives intersect with Jackson in the midst of his glory in the 1
In addition to Robson and Seifchuk's reports, the film also interviews family members, including the mothers of boys, wives, and Robson's brother and sister. Jackson's voice is heard in the movie, through the voice messages he leaves for Robson, and the "interview" that Safechuck has done with Jackson on his personal plane, and the film also shows some of the many faxes he sent to Robson .
"We can not change what happened to us, and we can not do anything about Michael," Robson told Q & A with the audience. But he said he hoped that it would make other survivors feel less isolated and raise awareness for everyone who is responsible for the children.
Safechuck added that they were not paid for the documentary, nor expected to get anything from it.
Jackson's property severely condemned the film Friday night, calling it "a kind of tabloid murder that Michael Jackson endured in life and now in death." He accused Robson and Seifchuk of being "two lying", and the reference to the sworn statements they gave while Jackson was alive, he claims he did not force them. Robson, a choreographer who has worked with Britney Spears and other top acts, testifies to Jackson's defense during the 2005 trial, which ended up justifying the pop star on allegations of abuse.
"The film takes unverified allegations that are supposed to have happened 20 years ago and treats them as a fact," the statement said. He accused filmmakers of relying too heavily on the stories of the two men, and ignoring the accounts of others who said that Jackson had never hurt children.
The Associated Press usually does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual violence unless they come out publicly, which Robson and Seifchuk have done in many ways.
"Leaving Neverland" has been convicted of Jackson's estate and fans since the project was announced earlier this month. Upon his announcement, the property in Jackson condemned him for redrawing "discredited claims".
Jackson wasin 2005 in the case of another young man. Robson testifies to the court, saying he has often slept in Jackson's room, but Jackson never harassed him. Safechuck made such statements to the investigators as a boy. Then in 2013 Robson filed a lawsuit stating that the stress and trauma had made him face the truth that he had been sexually abused by Jackson. Next year, Safechuck filed a similar claim. Both were dismissed for technical reasons, and the judge did not assess the merits of the allegations.