Jessie's Dad| 48mins
Director: Boaz Dvir | Producer: Boaz Dvir
Focus Years: 2011 | Country: United States
A blue-collar "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," "Jessie's Dad" follows Lunsford's journey from a West Florida trailer park to Capitol Hill and state capitals and as he fights to convince lawmakers to wise up and crack down on sex predators. This hour-long documentary offers a behind-the-scenes look at a grieving father's struggle to make a difference as he adapts to a peculiar brand of celebrity. Lunsford is driven by the knowledge that police could have saved Jessie's life. John Couey, an absconded sex offender living across the street, abducted her from her bedroom on a rainy February night in 2005. Three weeks later, police unearthed her body from a shallow grave in his back yard. Physical evidence proves he raped her and buried her alive. Instead of raging against a system that failed his daughter, Lunsford decides to work within it to effect change.
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