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Presumed Guilty (Presunto culpable) Screening and Q&A with Director Roberto Hernandez

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Please join the Center for Latin American Studies, the Department of Art & Art History, Stanford Humanities Center, and the Stanford Global Studies Division for an evening with Presunto Culpable (Presunto Culpable) director Roberto Hernández on Thursday, February 9, 2023 from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Pacific Time.  Location will be emailed to all who RSVP by February 7, 2023.  Please note entry to the event is on a first-come basis and until capacity is reached

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The event will begin with the documentary screening and will be followed by a Q&A with Director Roberto Hernández. Roberto Hernández is currently the Bliss Carnochan International Visitor at the Stanford Humanities Center through February 17, 2023. 

About the documentary: Presumed Guilty (Presunto Culpable) is an Emmy award winning documentary created by Roberto Hernandez and the mother of his two children; Layda Negrete. When the film was banned in Mexico during its theatrical run it became a pirate DVD sensation and the most successful documentary in Mexico’s history.

Two young Mexican attorneys attempt to exonerate a wrongly convicted man by making a documentary. In the process, they expose the contradictions of a judicial system that presumes suspects guilty until proven innocent.

Documentary Trailer here: 

-AGNES VARDA "Un film militant"

-WALL STREET JOURNAL -"A nightmarish journey into Mexico's legal system "

-SAN FRANCISCO FILM FESTIVAL “A gripping courtroom drama” 

- VARIETY  "a tale of heroism in the face of overwhelming odds."

- HOLLYWOOD REPORTER (2010) “One of the most buzzed about Mexican films in years."

- HOLLYWOOD REPORTER (2009) "When two lawyers were filming a retrial of a Mexico City street vendor falsely imprisoned for murder, Mexico's archaic judicial system had no place to hide.”

VISITOR INFORMATION: Visitor parking is free after 4 pm on weekdays, except by the Oval. Alternatively, take the Caltrain to Palo Alto Transit Center and ride the free Stanford Marguerite Shuttle.

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