Imagine being picked up off the street, told you have committed a murder you know nothing about and then finding yourself sentenced to 20 years in jail. In December 2005 this happened to Toño Zúñiga in Mexico City and, like thousands of other innocent people, he was wrongfully imprisoned. The award-winning Presumed Guilty is the story of two young lawyers and their struggle to free Zúñiga. With no background in film, Roberto Hernández and Layda Negrete set about recording the injustices they were witnessing, enlisting acclaimed director Geoffrey Smith (The English Surgeon, POV 2009) to tell this dramatic story. Winner, 2011 News & Documentary Emmy Award, Outstanding Investigative Journalism–Long Form. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting.
This movie is so important, I have watched it countless times. Ove posted here on forum about it long ago and I found the english subtitles version. Chivo also found one and posted it. It cannot be posted too many times it gives a rare first hand view of how the old system worked.
Hola Buela! Thank you! I've missed my BB buds especially you and hope you are recovering quickly. I couldn't believe I was sin electronica during the CDG outing! What timing. But really, totally fine investigating, Chivis. Right before I shut the computer down to leave, I laughed for about an hour over the idea of Narco CDG Diablo glued to Housewives of OC while eating a bowl of popcorn. Hopeless.
As for my Presumed Guilty on BB blog search only turned up Jimmy saying go see it. So, I posted it with the subtitulos. I I knew some would have seen it of course. I don't like to be redundant. But it is a must see.
This is a great documentary about Mexico's horrible judicial system. It pissed me off when I first saw it because of how Mexican people can be so corrupt and cold-hearted to falsely accuse a young innocent man and then go out of there way to destroy his life when these same people are supposed to be protecting him. If it was'nt for the filmmakers' tenacity and the falsley accused resilience, a poor young man's life would have been ruined for no reason whatsoever. But what really upsets me, is the fact that there are thousands of more innocent people who are being falsely accused.....or presunto culpables.
Ove posted it when it came out, i found the english subtitle one and posted it, and more recently Tex
after Ove posted his, the mexican government pulled it from the theaters but after legal proceedings it was allowed to be played in Mx with some sort of adjustment...does anyone remember? that was quite a while ago.
and of course this is a far cry from the new legal court system but a good account of what the old system was like.
there is a great video interview with the attys that takes you into the filming and events that happened which is very exciting.
Great addition Buela. Man, I tell ya'. If the Mexican citizens got together and stood up for their rights.....It's unimaginable what they could accomplish. Just a small crew and a hand held camera alone, can save a person's life. This documentary proves it.