Film screening at Jewish Community Center in La Jolla will raise funds for victims of violence

In support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month,

Project SARAH

will present “Crime After Crime,” a documentary by La Jolla native Yoav Potash, about the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, imprisoned for more than 25 years in connection with the murder of the man who abused her. The screening is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Jewish Community Center’s Garfield Theatre, 4126 Executive Dr. Potash will attend along with attorney

Joshua Safran

  1. A performance by the San Diego band, Jalopy, which contributed to the film’s soundtrack, will also take place. Tickets at are $40 for a 6:30 p.m. wine/cheese filmmaker reception and post-film events; $20 for post-film Q&A and desserts.

Peagler’s story, filmed for over five years, takes an unexpected turn when two rookie landuse attorneys step forward to take her case. Their investigation attracts global attention for victims of wrongful incarceration and abuse, and takes on profound urgency when Peagler is diagnosed with cancer.
Potash grew up in La Jolla, where he said he discovered a gift for storytelling as a third-grader at La Jolla Elementary School. He began college at UC Davis before transferring to UC Berkeley where he double-majored in English Lit and Socially Sustainable Architecture. After graduating, he dove headfirst into filmmaking by documenting the journey of a group of Berkeley students rebuilding burned African-American churches in Alabama.

In 2010, he and wife Shira, co-directed the documentary “Food Stamped,” a humorous documentary following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on 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.”Learn more at