Subjects Elizabeth Ramirez and Anna Vasquez and Producer Sam Tabet in attendance
Sun, May 22nd, 7:00pm
How does one survive a 15+ year prison sentence, having been convicted after a homophobic witch hunt for a horrendous crime that never really happened? Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four brings to light the heartwrenching story of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh and Anna Vasquez, four Latina lesbians who were accused of gangraping two little girls during the Satanic panic of the ‘80s and ‘90s.
Director Deborah S. Esquenazi combines old home movies, recent interviews with the incarcerated women and legal and cultural experts, creating a riveting truecrime journey that exposes the truth in this extreme miscarriage of justice. Their LGBT community may have forgotten these women, but their mothers, children and families have continued to stand by them.
When the Innocence Project of Texas becomes involved and one of the original victims (now an adult) recants her testimony, the four finally feel a glimmer of hope for their freedom and eventual exoneration. However, as one of the Innocence Project’s lawyers reminds us, truth and justice often have very little to do with the legal system.
— Jennifer Morris
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four: Dir Deborah S. Esquenazi USA 2016 91 min
Sponsored by: John Forsgren & Dan Winter
Community Partners: Portland Latino Gay Pride, Basic Rights Oregon & Oregon Innocence Project