Happy Valley | 2014

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The children of "Happy Valley" were victimized for years by a key member of the legendary Penn State college football program. But were Jerry Sandusky's crimes an open secret?
Director: Amir Bar-Lev
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Nestled in the idyllic area known as Happy Valley lies the town of State College and the home of Penn State University. For over 40 years, Joe Paterno was the celebrated head coach of the school's storied football team. Lauded not only for his program's success on the field, but also for students' achievements in the classroom, Paterno was a revered figure in a town where team loyalty approached nationalistic fervor. Then in November 2011 everything changed when longtime assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse, setting off a firestorm of accusations about who failed to protect the children of Happy Valley. Filmed over the course of the year after Sandusky's arrest as key players agreed to share their stories, the film deconstructs the story we think we know to uncover a much more complicated and tragic tale.

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