CNN Films' feature documentary "WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger" is a sweeping, dramatic and revelatory film that follows the trial of the infamous gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.
Embedded for months with an incredible cast of characters — including FBI agents, victims' families, Bulger's defense lawyers, gangsters, journalists, and police officers — Academy Award—nominated director Joe Berlinger examines how Bulger was simultaneously empowered and abetted by the FBI and the Department of Justice, as a consequence of its Top Echelon Informant program, to reign over a criminal empire in South Boston for decades. Using the unfolding trial as the dramatic thread for the film, Berlinger brings together the main players and sows seeds of uncertainty about long—held beliefs surrounding Bulger's story.
At the emotional center of this debate, are the victims and victims' families, who to this day continue to seek truth, justice and accountability after decades of obfuscation and misinformation. Ultimately raising more questions than it answers, WHITEY offers a fascinating exploration of the elusiveness of the truth and the human impulse to claim ownership of it in pursuit of one's own ends.
“With unprecedented access, Berlinger's latest crime documentary offers a universal tale of human frailty, opportunism, deception, and the often elusive nature of truth and justice.”—Indiewire
“...what makes Joe Berlinger's riveting new true crime doc 'Whitey: The United States vs. James J. Bulger' such an eye-opener is that it isn't just about a bad guy who did bad things, but the layers of corruption and moral ambiguity that stacked up on both side of the law.”—The Playlist
Official Selection SUNDANCE Film Festival