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Mr. Big

Canadian TV reporter Tiffany Burns made this engrossing 2007 video to expose the undercover operations of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which were largely responsible for the 2004 murder conviction of her brother, Sebastian. He and his friend, Atif Rafay, were accused of bludgeoning to death Rafay's parents and sister, and though the prosecution lacked any forensic evidence of their guilt, it did have a secretly videotaped confession the boys made to RCMP agents posing as mobsters. Once Burns reveals her personal agenda this becomes an advocacy piece, and she glosses over some of the circumstantial evidence that pushed the jury toward its verdict. But the larger issues of entrapment, coercion, and the relative unreliability of confessions are persuasively handled. 89 min.


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