Presunto culpable

Presunto culpable


Roberto Hernández, Geoffrey Smith, Mexico, 2009HDCam, Colour, 91'

In the Mexican penal system, one is guilty until proven innocent. This leads to a very uncomfortable reality: prisons full of people serving time for crimes they didn't commit. Presumed Guilty narrates the story of José Antonio Zúñiga Rodriguez, nicknamed Toño, who was mistakenly accused of murder and condemned to twenty years in jail for being poor and in the wrong place at the wrong time. His case would have been one of many unfortunate stories, but lawyers Roberto Hernández and Layda Negrete decided to get involved and publicize the injustice.

07 August, Shtëpia e Kulturës, 14:00

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Director: Roberto Hernández, Geoffrey Smith
Producer: Layda Negrete, Roberto Hernández, Martha Sosa, Yissel Ibarra
Cinematographer: John Grillo, Amir Galván, Luis Damián Sánchez
Editor: Felipe Gómez, Roberto Hernández
Sound: Nikolas Klaus, David Melchor

Director's Biography

Roberto was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and is completing a doctorate in public policy at the University of California, Berkeley. “Presumed Guilty” is his first feature documentary.
Geoffrey was born in Melbourne, Australia, and has made over twenty television documentaries. His film “The English Surgeon” (07) was named the best international feature documentary at the 2008 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

Festivals and Awards:

Toronto Int’l Film Festival 2010, Canada.


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