Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
Do you trust the justice system to find the truth?
An unbelievable true crime story that explores the nightmarish persecution of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh and Anna Vasquez - four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of allegedly gang raping two little girls.
This bizarre case is the first to be adjudicated under momentous new legislation: for the first time in U.S. history, wrongfully convicted innocents can challenge convictions based on debunked scientific evidence. Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four also unravels the sinister interplay of mythology, homophobia and the intense prosecution which led to this modern day witch hunt.
“Has your blood pressure been sufficiently raised by shows like "Making a Murderer" and movies like the "Paradise Lost" trilogy? Buckle up, because we’ve got another unbelievable true crime story story that will leave you equal parts fascinated and furious” - INDIE WIRE
“Heart-wrenching” - FRONTIERS MEDIA
“A true-crime narrative that’s as emotional as it is infuriating” - NEW YORK MAGAZINE
“Don’t miss” - MARINJI
“Persuasive... employs straightforward, intimate aesthetics to elicit intense empathy with their fight for freedom” - VARIETY
“With intimate access to the subjects over a period of years, Esquenazi’s film builds into a horrifying indictment of justice gone awry, and one that left much of the audience in tears” - THE WRAP
“Impressive...incredibly intimate” - AFTERELLEN
“The next “Making A Murderer” & it’s even more chilling” - REFINERY29
“Must-see” - QUEERTY
Year of Production: 2016
Running Time: 1 x 91-minutes
Available in HD: Yes
Production Company:A Deborah S. Esquenazi Productions and Sam Tabet Pictures Production in association with Motto Pictures and Naked Edge Films