In Support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month,
Project SARAH Presents

With Filmmaker Yoav Potash of La Jolla
and Attorney Joshua Safran

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In support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Project SARAH proudly presents CRIME AFTER CRIME, an exclusive documentary film on the dramatic legal battle to free a woman imprisoned for more than a quarter century in connection with the murder of the man who abused her.

Debbie Peagler is an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence. Over 26 years in prison could not crush her spirit, despite the wrongs she suffered, first at the hands of the boyfriend who beat her, and later by prosecutors who used the threat of the death penalty to corner her into a life behind bars for her connection to the murder of her abuser. Her story takes an unexpected turn two decades later when two rookie land-use attorneys step forward to take her case. Their investigation ultimately attracts global attention for victims of wrongful incarceration and abuse, and takes on profound urgency when Debbie is diagnosed with cancer.

Filming in and out of prison for over five years, CRIME AFTER CRIME tells an unforgettable story of a relentless quest for justice. Learn more at

Filmmaker Yoav Potash of La Jolla and Attorney Joshua Safran will join us for this special event!

Thursday, October 27 • 7:30pm
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

4126 Executive Drive • La Jolla, CA 92037 

Featuring a live performance by musicians from the San Diego-based band Jalopy, who contributed to the film’s soundtrack.

$40 VIP Admission
(includes preferred seating, pre-film wine and cheese “Meet the Filmmaker” reception at 6:30pm, post-film Q & A and dessert reception)

$20 General Admission
(includes post-film Q & A and dessert reception)

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  • $36 provides 5 days of food assistance for women fleeing a violent relationship
  • $72 buys a bus pass for a woman needing to look for employment after leaving her life behind
  • $180 provides DMV registration assistance for a woman who needs her car for employment, shelter, and counseling after a traumatic event
  • $360 assists a client who is suffering financially due to a domestic violence incident with a portion of their rent
  • $1,000 provides moving and rental assistance to a mother and her children fleeing domestic violence

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“Then one day, she was talking about how [her boyfriend] Oliver would patch her up after he was done beating her, swabbing her cuts and bruises with witch hazel, using a raw steak to bring down the swelling. I told her that my stepfather would do that with my mom. She shot me this look and asked me, ‘What are you talking about?’ I began sharing with her not as a lawyer, but as a friend, just two survivors talking one to the other. And at that point she really opened up.”
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Yoav_PotashYoav Potash nourished his passion for stories, words, and images in part because famed Dr. Suess author Theodore Geisel lived a few blocks from his childhood home in La Jolla. In high school, he painted and sculpted, acted in plays, shot and developed his own photographs, wrote lyrics, sang in a garage band, and worked as a concert promoter.

He began college at UC Davis before transferring to UC Berkeley where he double-majored in English Literature and Socially Sustainable Architecture, with a minor in Creative Writing. After graduating from Berkeley, Yoav dove headfirst into filmmaking by documenting the journey of a group of Berkeley students rebuilding burned African-American churches in Alabama. 

Since then, Yoav has created a variety of film and video projects often focusing on issues of race and justice. In 2010, he and his wife, Shira Potash, co-directed the documentary Food Stamped, a humorous documentary following a couple as they attemp to eat a healthy, well-balanced dieton a food stamp budget. His half-hour documentary Life On The Inside, about the nation’s largest prison for women, aired on PBS. Other Potash films included Minute Matrimony and Criminal Justice. Crime After Crime is his first full-length film.

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Joshua_SafranAs a nine year-old boy, Joshua Safran saw his mother beaten too many times to count. He felt powerless to stop the abuse, and after one particularly bloody night, young Joshua and his mother narrowly escaped her batterer. Flash-forward two decades: Joshua is now a lawyer with a chance to help victims of domestic violence in a way he could not help his own mother. Over time, Joshua’s identity as an orthodox Jew fueled his work on the case, as he connected with prayers that specifically address the injustice of wrongful incarceration.

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Project SARAH would like to thank our very generous underwriters: Randy Feinberg; Judy & Mike Feldman, Myra Chack Fleischer, Fleischer & Associates, Attorneys at Law; Jewish Federation of San Diego; Jewish Women's Foundation; Jenny & Julian Josephson; Joel Kriger, Anderson & Kriger, LLP; Levitt Foundation; Meredith Lewis and Colleen Warren of Lewis & Warren, APLC; National Council of Jewish Women Great San Diego Section; Arlene Pollard, LCSW; Vivien & Jeffrey Ressler; San Diego Neurofeedback & Counseling Center; Marilyn & Stanley Smiedt; US Bank; and Perri Wittgrove, M.D. and Elise Brown, M.D., of Wittgrove and Brown OB-GYN. 

Our community partners and in-kind donors: Baron's The Marketplace; Center for Jewish Culture; Cinema Society of San Diego; Nika Water; San Diego Jewish Film Festival; Sarita Zands, S&G Party Productions; Waters of Eden; and Women's Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of San Diego County.

Rubber RoseWe would also like to thank Lea at The Rubber Rose for coordinating The Clothesline Project t-shirts that will be on display at the event. The Clothesline Project is a program started in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. With the support of many, it has since spread world-wide.

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Barons The Marketplace National Council of Jewish Women US Bank
Center for Jewish Culture 2011 Jewish Film Festival Lewis and Warren
Jewish Federation of San Diego County - Women's Philanthropy Jewish Women's Foundation Project SARAH

Project SARAH (Stop Abusive Relationships At Home), a program of Jewish Family Service, offers a safe, confidential setting for individuals experiencing domestic abuse to explore resource and assist them in making critical life decisions.

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