2009 documentary that exposes the contradictions that abound in Mexico’s judicial system as it follows the attempts of José Antonio Zúñiga Rodríguez as he fights the system trying to prove his innocence. He was charged with murder, found guilty and condemned to 20 years. The evidence was circumstantial. The ‘key’ witness, Victor Daniel Reyes, was the victim’s cousin and his testimony lacked credibility. The evidence proving his innocence was overwhelming but the authorities refused to acknowledge it. The accused had never seen the victim and many witnesses placed him far away from the scene of the crime. Antonio had to face an arrogant judge, incompetence, corruption and un-cooperative witnesses. It was all written down; therefore it had to be true, so there was ‘no need’ to verify its validity. Any ‘new evidence’ that may prove innocence or probable doubt was inadmissible.
A truly powerful and honest film that rightfully needs the exposure as judicial miscarriages run rampant and often go unnoticed, ruining the lives of many who are innocent beyond the shadow of a doubt.