“One of the main goals for the series was to bring Hae Min Lee to life,” director Amy Berg told E! News. “I spoke to many of her friends, a family friend of her mother’s and the journals and just really tried to build this picture of Hae Min Lee for the film.”
In The Case Against Adnan Syed, Berg interviewed a number of Lee’s close friends, had access to her diary and worked with an animator to bring her story to life. The documentary also employed narration of Lee’s journals. The first episode paints a picture of the relationship between Lee and Syed, as well as the girl Lee was before her death. The installment touches on Lee’s allegations of past abused while in Korea and how she struggled with the weight of keeping her home and school life separate.
The Case Against Adnan Syed airs Sundays, 9 p.m. on HBO.