Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer

Nick Broomfield's second documentary about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, focusing on her mental state on death row.

Winner of the Amnesty International DOEN Award at Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2003, Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer is a 2003 feature-length documentary film about Aileen Wuornos, directed by Nick Broomfield. The film focuses on Wuornos' declining mental state and the questionable judgment to execute her despite her being of unsound mind.

This chilling, unsettling documentary provides an eye-opening look at the American justice system.

Nick Broomfield's documentary looks at Aileen's violent, tortured childhood in Troy, Michigan and her subsequent years on the road as a hitch-hiking prostitute which culminated in the murders. In her last interview, conducted by Broomfield at Aileen's request, she said she believed her mind was being controlled by radio waves. On October 9th 2002 she was executed in Florida.

‘The film stands quite chillingly as a final statement from a woman trying to fight her own commodification.’ Boston Globe

‘Provides an opportunity to study one of history's supposed anomalies: a female serial killer.’ Washington Post

Awards:

Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2003, winner of the Amnesty International DOEN Award.

Tribeca Film Festival 2003, winner of the special mention award.

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