Into the Abyss ★★★★

On the surface, this is a documentary about the death penalty and prisoners on death row. But it's also about poor people and how the cycle of poverty creates the conditions where young men follow their family and peers into lives of hopelessness and criminality. A lack of education and opportunity puts them at an instant disadvantage. This doesn't excuse their actions, their crimes were hideous and worth severe punishment, but it does help put them into a clearer light. And hopefully that leads us ever closer to abolishing the abomination that is the death penalty.