Michael Jackson's Documentary on Sexual Abuse of Children Shocks Sundance News
For audiences at the Sundance Film Festival, giving is a fairly common phenomenon. But the ceremonial act turned into a solemn air like two men who accused Michael Jackson of harassing them as boys who went on stage after the only screening of the Leaving Neverland festival – a documentary about their stories.
Wade Robson, who says Jackson has been abusing 7 to 14 years old, and James Safechuck has grown up as an adult with his accusations of abuse after Jackson's death in 2009.
The four-hour film that will be broadcast in two parts on the British Channel 4 and HBO this spring, is a telling tale of how their lives intersect with Jackson in the midst of his glory in the 1
980s and early 90s and later as adults when the trauma of that , which happened in their youth, begins to manifest in a serious way. From Robson and Seifchuk himself, the film also interviews members of their families, including the mothers, wives, and Robson's brother and sister. g of #LeavingNeverland
"We have health professionals waiting in the lobby if you need help." The voice of Jackson is heard in the movie, through the voice messages he leaves for Robson and the "interview" that Safechuck has done with Jackson on board 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 the other survivors feel less isolated and raise awareness for everyone
The murder of the tabloid heroes
Jackson's property severely condemned the film on Friday night, calling it a " Kind of murder of tabloid Michael Jackson endured in life, and now in death. "He blamed Robson and Seifchuk for being" two false witnesses, "and the reference to sworn statements they made while Jackson was alive said he did not force them.
Robson, a choreographer who worked with Britney Spears and other top acts, has given testimony to Jackson's defense at the trial in 2005, which ended up justifying the pop star on allegations of abuse.
He has accused filmmakers of relying too heavily on the stories of the two men, and ignoring the accounts of others who have said that Jackson never "Leaving Neverland" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival [Danny Moloshok/AP]
"Leaving Neverland" was denied by Jackson's mansion and fans since the project was announced earlier this month.
In 2005 Jackson is acquitted on allegations of abuse of a lawsuit related to another young man.Robson appeared as a witness in the process by saying that he had often slept in Jackson's room, but the latter never harassed him. Robson filed a lawsuit according to which stress and trauma led him to face the truth that he had been sexually abused by Jackson, both of whom were dismissed for technical reasons, and the judge did not assess the merits of the accusations
The Director Leaving Neverland, "Dan Reed said he was entering a new territory exploring a figure for entertainment instead of its usual subjects such as terrorism and crime.
He told the men who had spoken to so many lawyers over the years just talking to him as a normal person on the street and 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 was just blown away," 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 so we can talk, communicate," Robson said, "It was just beautiful."
Safechuck added, "It's been a long time, "It's amazing."
The film provoked controversy as it was announced a few weeks ago. Following his announcement, Jackson estate sentenced him to redraw "discredited claims".
Before the show There were reports of mass demonstrations outside and Park City will deploy additional police to 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".
One member of the audience raised the reality that there are many Jackson fans who do not believe them and asked if they have a message for them.
all I have to tell them, except I understand it's really hard to believe, "Robson said.
"Because, in some way, not so long ago, I was in the same position as I did, although it happened to me, I still could not believe it." I still could not believe that what Michael did to me was bad thing, we can only accept and understand something when we're done. "