In this episode, we discuss THE KEEPERS, an amazing NETFLIX DOCUDRAMA series, and we also bring up some new vocabulary inspired by this series.
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What is it?
An exhaustive real-crime documentary series about the murder of a nun in 1969, but also so much more.
The Keepers is a story about victims and their search for justice. It’s about giving them a chance to be heard over the loud denials of any and every official body. It is beautifully shot, scored by a composer determined to demonstrate his command of emotive strings, and features an unsolved crime.
In November 1969, a young nun, Sister Cathy Cesnik, went missing from her Baltimore apartment. The following year she was discovered, lying on her back on a frozen hillside, far from home, her skull broken in. From that day to this, no one has been able to conclusively say what happened to her.
In this meticulous, skilfully edited series, White sets about interviewing key witnesses, police, former pupils from the school where Cesnik worked, local journalists and conspicuously few members of the church, painstakingly unearthing the complex story like a palaeontologist with a fine paintbrush. And his way in is a group of dedicated sixty-something former pupils of Sister Cathy, who band together to find out what happened, despite the passing of years and the repeated denial of any justice. It is their story, and rightly so.
At the end of each episode, a new fact is dropped into the narrative like a boulder into a lake and the backwash forms the next episode. You would say it was a cheap trick if White hadn’t put this breathtaking work together with such care.
What begins as a cold case unfolds into a horrific tale of systematic abuse, repressed memory and institutional rank-closing from the church, police and state prosecution department. In White’s version of events, no one is directly to blame, save for the obvious villain of the piece, Father Maskell, student counsellor at Archbishop Keough school, who is alleged to have who inflicted years of sexual abuse on his young charges.
Every attempt to indict him is deflected because – according to some victims – the police and even a local doctor were complicit. Was Maskell, undeniably an appalling character, connected to Cesnik’s death? Are the witnesses everything they seem? Is this story less one of a murder and more of the cover-up that followed?
CHURCH SEXUAL ABUSES
Cases of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests, nuns and members of religious orders, and subsequent cover-ups, in the 20th and 21st centuries have led to numerous allegations, investigations, trials and convictions. The abused include boys and girls, some as young as 3 years old, with the majority between the ages of 11 and 14. The accusations began to receive wide publicity in the late 1980s. Many of these involve cases in which a figure was accused of abuse for decades; such allegations were frequently made by adults or older youths years after the abuse occurred. Cases have also been brought against members of the Catholic hierarchy who covered up sex abuse allegations and moved abusive priests to other parishes where abuse continued.
The cases received significant media and public attention throughout the world, especially in Ireland, in Canada, in Australia, and in the United States. Members of the Church’s hierarchy have argued that media coverage was excessive and disproportionate, and that such abuse takes place in other religions and institutions. A series of television documentaries in the 1990s, such as “Suffer the children” (UTV, 1994), brought the issue to national attention in Ireland. A critical investigation by The Boston Globe in 2002 led to widespread media coverage of the issue in the United States, which was later dramatized in Tom McCarthy’s film Spotlight in 2015. By 2010, much of the reporting focused on abuse in Europe and Australia.
From 2001 to 2010 the Holy See, the central governing body of the Catholic Church, considered sex abuse allegations involving about 3,000 priests dating back up to fifty years. Cases worldwide reflect patterns of long-term abuse and of the church hierarchy regularly covering up reports of alleged abuse.[note 1] Diocesan officials and academics knowledgeable about the Roman Catholic Church say that sexual abuse by clergy is generally not discussed, and thus is difficult to measure.
Some studies claim that priests in the Catholic Church may not be any more likely than other men to commit abuse. In addition, the studies claim that the rate of abuse by priests had fallen sharply in the last twenty to thirty years, and that some 75% of the allegations in the United States were of abuse between 1960 and 1984. However, the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that the average time it took between a victim of Catholic sexual abuse being abused and reporting it, or seeking redress, is 33 years. For this reason there is insufficient data to be able to accurately ascertain current rates of child sex abuse, or to claim that abuse in the Catholic Church has fallen in recent decades. The Commission revealed 7% of Australian priests between 1950–2009 were accused of abusing children, and that one Catholic order had 40.4% of their non-ordained members with allegations against them in this period.
TIME Magazine May 30, 2017
Not that The Keepers is immune to the tricks of its genre… But its story, metastasizing from a single act of violence to depict a warped school culture, is riveting and painful.
AV Club May 19, 2017
The Keepers is more of a meditation on memory and truth than a murder mystery, and the telling of the tale is a resolution in itself.
Los Angeles Times May 19, 2017
The series poses difficult questions about Baltimore’s archdiocese and exposes disturbing truths about the lengths the religious institution went to in order to protect Maskell.
New York Times May 19, 2017
An often fascinating and devastating experience.
Variety May 19, 2017
For the most part, the measured, sober approach of The Keepers only amplifies the jaw-dropping facts at its core. It is hard to watch, but for the right reasons, and ultimately it is an admirable and necessary work.
characterized by feeling
It is beautifully shot, scored by a composer determined to demonstrate his command of emotive strings, and features an unsolved crime.
grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror
What begins as a cold case unfolds into a horrific tale of systematic abuse, repressed memory and institutional rank-closing from the church, police and state prosecution department.
an addition that was not included in the original plan
I’m never fully comfortable with true crime, particularly when the victims are an afterthought to the juicy revelations.
recover through digging
In this meticulous, skilfully edited series, White sets about interviewing key witnesses, police, former pupils from the school where Cesnik worked, local journalists and conspicuously few members of the church, painstakingly unearthing the complex story like a paleontologist with a fine paintbrush.
The Keepers – Wikipedia
The Keepers Reviews – Rotten Tomatoes
Sexual Abuse in the Church
The Keepers review – a breathtakingly brave true-crime documentary – Julia Raeside (The Guardian)
The Keepers – Vocabulary List – Vocabulary.com
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