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World Premiere of Roberto Hernandez and Geoffrey Smith’s searing documentary PRESUMED GUILTY at 2009 Toronto Intl. Film Festival

Thursday, September 10, 2009

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  • Source: PBLO >

Toronto- Providing viewers with a rare and eye opening view into the workings of the Mexican legal system, the searing and infuriating documentary PRESUMED GUILTY will have its World Premiere at this year’s Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

Presumed Guilty tells the heart-wrenching story of a man who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

On a December day in Mexico City, 2005, José Antonio Zuñiga pleaded: "God, kill me or put me in jail" as he wrestled with an unhappy love affair.
A week later, a boy pointed him out from a police car, and he was arrested then charged with murder. 48 hours later he was sent to prison. A judge who never heard him speak sentenced him to twenty years on the testimony of a single, shaky, eyewitness. Two unlikely filmmakers, Mexican lawyers recruited by Antonio's friends, followed him with a camera in what seemed a hopeless quest to get the case re-tried. The future seemed promising, however, the retrial was assigned to the same judge who had already convicted him, with one variation: a camera would be there this time to record the court's every move. Through one man's extraordinary two-year struggle to regain his freedom, "Presumed Guilty" documents the contradictions of a judicial system that presumes guilt.

Screening Times:

Public 1 JACKMAN HALL - AGO 09/11/09 03:30 PM
Public 2 AMC 10 09/13/09 07:00 PM
Public 3 JACKMAN HALL - AGO 09/19/09 04:00 PM

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