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Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

Run Time: 91 Minutes


Saturday, October 15th


3:00 PM

During the “Satanic ritual abuse panic” of the 1980–90s, a pervasive fear rang throughout conservative communities and the media as cult activity, sexual perversion, and homosexuality were often linked as interconnected “evils.” At the tail end of this hysteria came the disconcerting case of four Latina lesbians in San Antonio, Texas, who in 1994 were accused of a heinous sexual assault against two young girls. Southwest of Salem is an extraordinary account of the nightmare that unfolded for these women—a nightmare that continues to this day. 

The interplay of home movies and intimate interviews from prison offer stirring insight into this tight-knit group of friends and how their lives have been devastated by these ghastly accusations. Emotional and heart-wrenching, director Deborah Esquenazi’s frank examination of the rampant prejudice and systemic failings of the criminal justice system sets itself apart from the current proliferation of wrongful-conviction stories by focusing on the personal impact on the women and their families.

Sponsored by:
sponsor - equality nm

  • Director: Deborah S. Esquenazi
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Awards: Audience Award: BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE OUTeast Film Festival
    Jury Award: OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival 
    Jury Award: OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival
  • Tags: Full Feature | Sat, Oct 15th

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