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From Associated Press
PARK CITY, Utah – It is not unusual for audiences at the Sundance Film Festival to give ovations but the ceremonial act has acquired solemn air. like two men who blame Michael Jackson for harassing them while the boys have gone on stage since the only screening of the Leaving Neverland festival, a documentary about their stories.
Wade Robson, who says Jackson has abused him from 7 to 1
The four-hour film that will be broadcast on two parts of the British Channel 4 and HBO in the spring is a sprawling story about how their lives cross with Jackson in the midst of his glory in the 1980s and early 90s and later as adults when they say, that the trauma of what happened in their youth began to manifest in serious ways.
In addition to Robson and Seifchuk's own accounts, the film also examines family members, including the mothers of the boys, the 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 says he sent to Robson.
Do not change what happened to us. And we can not do anything for Michael, "Robson told Q & A with the audience, but he said he hoped to make other survivors feel less isolated and raise awareness for everyone who is responsible for the children. 19659006] Safechuck added that they were not paid to participate in the documentary, nor did they expect to get anything from it.
Associated Press usually does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual violence unless they go public which Robson and Seifchuk have done in many ways since the project was announced not earlier this month because they did not believe that Jackson had sexually abused
Jackson was acquitted of the charges of abuse in 2005 in the case of another young man.Robson testified in court saying that many times has slept in Jackson's room, but Jackson never harassed him, and Safechuck made similar statements to the investigators as a boy.
Then in 2013, Robson filed a lawsuit that stress and trauma led him to face the truth that he was sexually maltreated by Jackson.
Both cases were dismissed because of prescription and the judge did not assess the merits of the allegations.
Director Leaving Neverland, Dan Reid, said he was entering a new territory exploring an entertaining figure instead of his usual subjects such as terrorism and crime.
He told the men who talked to so many lawyers over the years just talking to him as a regular person on the street, not worrying about contradictions. He interviewed Robson for three days and Safechuck for two days before deciding that he also wants to talk to their mothers.
"I just blown," Reed said. "I knew we had something really great."
Safechuck and Robson say that being together is unbelievable.
"That's all we wanted in the last six years to be able to talk, communicate," Robson said, "It's just beautiful."
Safechuck added, "It was a long time coming, someone who has gone through this. "
The film provoked controversy, as it was announced only a few weeks ago, and the Jackson estate has condemned it for" discrediting claims. "Before the show, there were reports that there would be mass demonstrations outside, and Park City would unfold an additional police station in front of the Egyptian theater, which is in the middle of the busiest street of the festival, but only a handful of people appeared on Friday with posters with the word "innocent" shown by Jackson's mouth
One member of the audience raised the reality, that there are many fans and Jackson who did not believe them and asked if they had a message about them
"I do not want to tell them anything except I understand it's really hard to believe," Robson said. way, not so long ago, I was in the same position they were in. Although it happened to me, I still could not believe I could not believe that what Michael did to me was a bad thing. only to accept and understand something when we are ready. "