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Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four (2016)

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
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A documentary about the persecution of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez — four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls in San Antonio, Texas. The film begins its journey inside a Texas prison, after these women have spent nearly a decade behind bars. They were 19 and 20 years at the time that allegations surfaced. 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.


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: September 14th, 2016 (Limited) by FilmRise
Video Release: January 9th, 2017 by FilmRise
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 91 minutes
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Keywords: True Crime, Prison, Wrongfully Convicted, LGBT, Sex Crimes, Child Abuse
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Deborah S. Esquenazi Productions, Sam Tabet Pictures, Motto Pictures, Naked Edge Films
Production Countries: United States

Documentary Subject(s)

Elizabeth Ramirez    Herself
Cassandra Rivera    Herself
Kristie Mayhugh    Herself
Anna Vasquez    Herself


Mike Ware    Himself
Jeff Blackburn    Himself
Debbie Nathan    Herself
Keith Hampton    Himself
Darrell Otto    Himself
Mary Burdette    Herself

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Production and Technical Credits

Sam Tabet    Producer
Sam Lipman    Composer
Jim Butterworth    Executive Producer
Daniel J. Chalfen    Executive Producer
Christopher Clements    Executive Producer
Julie Goldman    Executive Producer
Leah Marino    Editor
Liz Perlman    Editor
Deborah Esquenazi    Cinematographer

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