PRESUMED GUILTY

In Focus - Mexico
Mexico / 2009 / Spanish dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / HDCam / 87 minutes

Winner of Human Rights Film Network /Best Film: Roberto Hernandez (Director)

Winner of Human Rights Film Network /Best Film: Geoffrey Smith (Director)

Synopsis

What is it like to be picked up off the street, told you have committed a murder you know nothing about, and find yourself behind bars for 20 years? In December 2005 this happened to Jose 'Tono' Zuniga in Mexico City and, like thousands of other innocent young men, he was condemned for a crime he had never committed. 'Presumed Guilty' is the story of two young lawyers and their incredible struggle to free Tono. With no background in film, they set about recording his story as they realised that only a camera could reveal the institutionalised injustice they were witnessing. With shocking footage from inside Zuniga's cell (which he shares with nineteen others), the documentary pieces together the long, drawn-out battle to clear Tono's name. Shot over three years, with unprecedented camera access to the Mexican court and prison systems, this powerful observational film is highly dramatic and full of real suspense yet also a searing indictment of a system where the police do not have to investigate - because the system presumes guilt.

Genre

Documentary

Cast & Credits

Violence 12+

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