A documentary series by Rémy Burkel

DOCUMENTARY / 8x52' / NETFLIX / 2020


Charged as a teen in the 1993 killing of a Boston cop, Sean K. Ellis fights to prove his innocence while exposing police corruption and systemic racism.

SYNOPSIS / Chapter 1: Execution-Style Murder

In 1993, the execution-style killing of a Boston police officer sets off a frantic citywide search for suspects.

SYNOPSIS / Chapter 2: Usual Suspects

Police home in on a suspect, a 19-year-old named Sean K. Ellis. Boston journalists and cops recall another murder case that fanned racial tensions.

SYNOPSIS / Chapter 3: Three Trials

As Ellis and his lawyers recount his first jury trial, former jurors share their decision processes. A witness’s statements are put to the test.

SYNOPSIS / Chapter 4: Badge of Shame

ournalists expose corruption in the Boston Police Department, inspiring Ellis to seek a new trial and perhaps a new lawyer.

SYNOPSIS / Chapter 6: A Taste of Freedom

Knowing it’s his last chance, Ellis nervously prepares for a fourth murder trial. Also, an investigator searches for an old witness.

SYNOPSIS / Chapter 7: Black Irish

As the voters of Suffolk County prepare to elect their next district attorney, Scapicchio digs into who funded the reward for Ellis’ conviction.

SYNOPSIS / Chapter 8: Worst Case Scenario

The election of a new district attorney gives Ellis reason to hope. Later, a hush-hush press conference puts everyone on edge.


Directing : Rémy Burkel
Screenplay : Rémy Burkel, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
Photography : Alberto Marquardt
Editing : Vincent Trisolini, Adrien Dominique-Dreyfuss, Luc Golfin
Sound Recording : Baptiste Charvet, John O’Connor
Original Score : Florencia Di Concilio, Romain Trouillet
Sound Editing : Yves Servagent, Jean-Marc Lentretien
Colour Grading : Guillermo Fernandez
Mix : Matthieu Deniau
Production : What’s Up Films
Partners :

In coproduction with Gaumont Télévisions