Mod-Southwest of Salem-San Antonio Four
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four SOUTHWEST OF SALEM excavates the nightmarish persecutions of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh and Anna Vasquez four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of 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, innocents can challenge convictions based on debunked scientific evidence. The film also unravels the sinister interplay of mythology, homophobia and prosecutorial fervor that led to this modern-day witch hunt. In addition to its latest nomination for a News and Doc Emmy Award, the critically-acclaimed SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE STORY OF THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR has secured widespread acclaim: a prestigious Peabody Award, as one of the 12 winners in the Peabody Awards' Documentary category; a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary; and a Critics' Choice Award for Best First Feature (TV/Streaming). It has also been lauded at film festivals such as Tribeca, HotDocs and AFI Film Festivals, winning multiple awards: documentary-category Jury Prizes at Frameline, Outfest and Melbourne Queer Film Festivals; OUTeast's Audience Award; DocuWest's "Shoes of Justice" Marvin Booker Award; Kaleidoscope's Social Justice Award; and Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival's Audience Award for Best Documentary. This DVD features bonus material including exclusive footage inside the courtroom, a post-exoneration interview, the official SOUTHWEST OF SALEM trailer along with surround sound and English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired.
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