Thursday, March 8, 2018

Now on Netflix: The Keepers (2017)

The Keepers (2017) - Directed by Ryan White.

By Kenny Howell

Making a Murderer got all the pub, but this crime documentary might be the better of the two on the streaming giant Netflix.

It is set up, as you can see in the picture, as who killed Sister Cathy Cesnik, a well-liked nun at a Catholic school in Baltimore in the late 1960s. But it isn't totally about the actual murder, which has never been solved, but the environment created in which her murder took place.

The murder happened nearly 50 years ago, and at that time Archbishop Keough High School, where Sister Cathy taught, was run by Father Joseph Maskell. Years after her murder, several former students at Keough accused Maskell of horrific sexual assaults where the girls were called into his office and raped under the mask that Maskell was treating them in some kind of way. That it was there fault. There is some evidence that Sister Cathy might have known about that abuse and it cost her her life.

There is a lot more going on with that story, and The Keepers really dives into every angle. Some of it is hard to watch because of the awful abuse, and the treatment of the women after they revealed their memories, but it is obviously important. You  would hope for some kind of resolution to this story which it isn't able to give, but it is a solid investigation, and definitely not as showy as Making a Murderer. That might be why it slipped under the rug a bit, but it definitely should not have. It is quality documentary filmmaking.

The Keepers is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: ***1/2

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