Eye for an Eye

In 1999, 20-year old Khristian Oliver was sentenced to death after being found guilty of murder. In the local Christian district, the fact that biblical language was invoked by the court when it handed down the sentence was never questioned. “An eye for an eye” was the term used in the judges ruling.

Eye for an Eye

Eye for an Eye

With the trial of Khristian Oliver as its focus, Eye for an Eye paints a vivid picture of Christian fundamentalism as manifested in the US Bible Belt.

Biblical phrase “an eye for an eye” when discussing Oliver’s sentencing with other jurors. This is unconstitutional, but attempts to have the case re-opened have been denied with an argument that it was not until after the verdict that the jurors referred to the Bible. Brenneisen, however, says this is not so. The Bible was on the table when the jury decided on the death penalty.

The film also profiles one of the trial’s jurors, Michael Brenneisen. Brenneisen, a Christian fundamentalist, is steadfast in his belief that every single word of the bible is the word of God and that people must live and believe as the Bible prescribes. It is where Brenneisen draws instruction, comfort and strength for every aspect of his life.

Brenneisen also drew on the The film interviews Oliver on deathrow several years after the sentencing-a man still unable to comprehend his sentencing. We also learn about Mike DeGuerin’s continuing attempts to have the death sentence overturned. To DeGuerin, the verdict was the direct result of religious influences in this community.

Director& Producer Frank Esmann
Produced by DR
Duration 58 min.
Year of Production 2004
Original Title Øje for øje
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