'Casting JonBenét' Is a Portrait of a Community Living Under the Shadow of a Sensationalized Case

"We were looking at doing more of a portrait of a community that had lived under the shadow of a crime for the last 20 years more so than the JonBenet Ramsey case itself," director Kitty Green says. "It's not a whodunit. We're not making a true crime film."
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In Netflix documentary

Casting JonBenét

, director Kitty Green takes a different approach to the sensational 20-year-old case of the murder of child beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey. In the film, Green returns to Boulder, Colorado, the town where the crime took place, and auditions locals to play the parts in her re-enactments. In the process, she gets what she really came for: people's recollections of how the crime affected them.

"W

e were looking at doing more of a portrait of a community that had lived under the shadow of a crime for the last 20 years more so than the JonBenet Ramsey case itself," Green tells NPR. "It's not a whodunit. We're not making a true crime film."

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