Southwest of Salem /
Naked Edge Films ; Motto Pictures ; director/producer, Deborah S. Esquenazi ; producer, Sam Tabet ; in association with Chicken & Egg Pictures.
[New York] : FilmRise, 2017.
1 videodisc (91 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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[New York] : FilmRise, 2017.
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1. Southwest of Salem -- 2. The San Antonio Four -- 3. The allegations -- 4. The trial -- 5. Exculpatory evidence -- 6. Satanic cult -- 7. The Innocence Project of Texas -- 8. August 4th, 2012 -- 9. Anna's release -- 10. Going home -- 11. Exoneration hearings -- 12. End credits.
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Cinematography, Deborah S. Equenazi ; editors, Leah Marino, Liz Perlman ; music, Sam Lipman, Trio Los Vigilantes
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Special features: Post-exoneration interview; inside the courtroom; trailer.
Featuring (in order of appearance): Anna Vasquez, Cassandra Rivera, Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh, Mike Ware, Jeff Blackburn, Debbie Nathan, Keith Hampton, Darrell Otto, Mary Burdette, Stephanie Limon, Javier Limon, Serafina Limon, Nick Vilbas, Gloria Ramirez Herrera, , Michael Rivera, Simon Ramirez, Hector Guereca III, Ashely Chavira, Maria Vasquez, Denise Tristan, Rose Vasquez, Joseph Vasquez.
This film follows the story of four young Latina women -- known as the 'San Antonio Four' -- who have been fighting since 1994 to clear their names of false charges and wrongful convictions that they gang-raped two young girls in Texas. Using the women's home video footage from 21 years ago combined with recent verité footage and interviews, the film explores their personal narratives and their search for exculpatory evidence to help their losing criminal trials, documenting their struggle against mythology, homophobia, ritual-abuse hysteria, and prosecutorial fervor in their struggle for exoneration.
language note
English subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).
Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing.
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date/place of event
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2016 and broadcast on television on the Investigation Discovery network on Friday, October 15, 2016.
technical details
DVD-R; NTSC; All regions; Dolby digital 5.1 surround, 2.0 stereo.

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