Maureen Kelleher has attended something very few of us ever will: a death row execution. As a private investigator who worked capital habeas cases for 15 years in Louisiana, her deep experience with America’s criminal justice system drives her dogged pursuit of evidence to exonerate men wrongly convicted of crimes they did not commit.
The Courage of Her Convictions is a documentary short that reconstructs Kelleher’s investigation of a 1984 Louisiana murder case by reuniting her with the witnesses she located nearly 20 years after the arrest of the accused, John Thompson. The film explores the experiences and beliefs driving Kelleher's pursuit of truth, demonstrating why she is uniquely suited for the work.
An important extension of Kelleher’s life is her expansive, physical art which is woven throughout the film. Through its multiple layers of texture Kelleher provokes honest reaction to her bold, abolitionist messaging, imploring each of us to challenge injustice, embrace the universal and act with courage on our own convictions.