April 20, 2021
Ted Passon, Yoni Brook, and Nicole Salazar
Binge now on the PBS Video app. The eight-part epic, inside look at the tumultuous first term of Philadelphia's unapologetic District Attorney.
EXPLORE THE FILM
Philly D.A. | Episode 1
April 20, 2021
The new Philadelphia District Attorney uncovers a secret that shakes the police department.
Philly D.A. | Episode 2
April 20, 2021
Krasner and his team battle to obtain the complete police misconduct files.
Philly D.A. | Episode 3
April 27, 2021
The murder of a police sergeant tests the D.A.’s resolve to never seek the death penalty.
Philly D.A. | Episode 4
May 4, 2021
LaTonya Myers fights for probation reform, but any slip-up could send her back to prison.
Philly D.A. | Episode 5
May 11, 2021
A skeptical parole board and his own pride stand between a man and freedom.
Philly D.A. | Episode 6
May 18, 2021
A councilmember bridges constituents plagued by the opioid crisis with the unorthodox D.A.
Philly D.A. | Episode 7
May 25, 2021
Krasner must decide whether to pursue a rarity—murder charges against a cop.
Philly D.A. | Episode 8
June 1, 2021
Frustrated Krasner supporters warn he must accelerate plans to phase out cash bail.
About the Documentary
In 2017, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania had one of the highest incarceration rates of any major city in the United States. And it’s become the epicenter of a historic experiment that could shape the future of prosecution in America for decades to come. When civil rights attorney Larry Krasner mounted a long-shot campaign to become District Attorney, he ran on a bold pledge: to end mass incarceration by changing the culture of the criminal justice system from within. He shocked the establishment by winning in a landslide.
Now, the bureaucrats he spent his campaign denigrating are his co-workers; the police he alienated are his rank-and-file law enforcers. Pressure comes from all sides of a system resistant to reform. Krasner’s unapologetic promise to use the power of the D.A.’s office for sweeping change is what got him elected; now that he’s in office, that same stubbornness threatens to alienate those he needs to work with the most.
From the eye of this political storm, filmmakers Ted Passon, Yoni Brook, and Nicole Salazar gained unprecedented access into Krasner’s office and behind the scenes of the criminal justice system. Over the course of eight episodes, Philly D.A. explores the most pressing social issues of our time—police brutality, the opioid crisis, gun violence, and mass incarceration—through the lens of an idealistic team attempting fundamental overhaul from within the system.
Ted Passon is an award-winning director and video artist. He has directed episodic series for Netflix and Disney. He is a 2016 Sundance Lab Fellow, a recipient of the Pew Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship Grant, and a 2016 Headlands Artist in Residency. He has exhibited his award-winning short films in festivals and galleries around the US and abroad including exhibitions by the Whitney Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and 96 Gillespie in London.
Yoni Brook is a twice Independent Spirit-nominated cinematographer and producer. As a director, his films have screened at the Berlinale, New York and Toronto Film Festivals, True/False, and IDFA. For PBS’s POV series, Brook co-directed Bronx Princess (with Musa Syeed). Brook co-directed The Calling, a four hour series about young religious leaders for Independent Lens. His directorial debut A Son's Sacrifice for Independent Lens, won Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Creator and producer Nicole Salazar is a documentary filmmaker and journalist who has worked on investigative and breaking news stories in the US and internationally for over a decade. She was a producer for the Emmy Award-winning investigative series, Fault Lines on Al Jazeera. Credits include Guatemala's Disappeared, Lost in the System, Undocumented in Trump's America (Headline Award Winner), and worked as a producer and journalist for the award-winning independent daily news program Democracy Now!