The movie tries to dispel some popular myths about the case. It turns out, contrary to news reports of the time (and many textbooks to this day), there weren’t 39 witnesses to the attack. And some witnesses only saw or heard parts of what happened.
Do these revelations change the way you think about the Genovese case? When you first learned about the Genovese case, did you believe that dozens of people stood and watched the entire attack without doing anything, or did you know that some witnesses only heard ambiguous bits and pieces of what was going on? Have you ever witnessed only part of an ambiguous situation and therefore done nothing because you weren’t sure what the full story was?