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Two Mexican migrants, a young man serving a life sentence in prison and a filmmaker who was his court interpreter, become intertwined through life and cinema.
Film screening of Sansón and Me followed by a Q&A with director Rodrigo Reyes, moderated by Srđan Keča, Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, MFA in Documentary Film.
During his day job as a Spanish criminal interpreter in a small town in California, filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes met a young man named Sansón, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who was sentenced to life in prison without parole. With no permission to interview him, Sansón and Reyes worked together over a decade, using hundreds of letters as inspiration for recreations of Sansón’s childhood—featuring members of Sansón's own family. The result is a vibrant portrait of a friendship navigating immigration and the depths of the criminal justice system, and pushing the boundaries of cinematic imagination to rescue a young migrant's story from oblivion.
Directed and Produced by Rodrigo Reyes
Produced by Su Kim
Executive Producer, Inti Cordera
Mexico, USA | 2022 | 83 minutes
BEST FILM AWARD
Sheffield DocFest 2022
Academy Award® accredited
Official Selection: 2022 Tribeca Festival
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