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SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE STORY OF THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR

Directed by Deborah S. Esquenazi
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 91 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE STORY OF THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR
“This case is the last gasp of the Satanic ritual abuse panic.” So says Debbie Nathan, a journalist and author of Satan’s Silence, and one of the many experts called up in the documentary Southwest of Salem to explore the case of the San Antonio Four. In 1994, four women were accused, tried, and convicted of the heinous sexual assault of two young girls—as one newscaster puts it, “the modern version of the witchcraft trials.” Twenty years later, the four women have maintained their innocence, insisting that the accusations were entirely fabricated, and borne of homophobic prejudice and a late-’90s mania about covens, cults, and child abuse. Southwest of Salem is a riveting and layered true crime story that explores the web of prejudices in a contentious trial and the interrelated political and personal forces that work to convict those thought guilty that perhaps trample the innocent in the process.

—Cara Cusumano
Female Director(s), Documentary, Latino Director(s)
About the Director(s)
Deborah S. Esquenazi is an Austin–based documentary filmmaker, radio producer, instructor, and journalist. Her work explores the intersections of mythology and justice, identity and power. She is a fellow of the Sundance Documentary Film program, Sundance Creative Producing Labs, Firelight Media Producers' Labs, and IFP Spotlight on Docs. This is her debut feature.
Special Note

Read an interview with Southwest of Salem director Deborah S. Esquenazi about LGBT injustices, fighting for the "San Antonio Four," and more, at TribecaFilm.com.

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Film Info
  • Section:
    Viewpoints
  • Year:
    2016
  • Length:
    91 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Deborah S. Esquenazi
  • Producer:
    Sam Tabet
  • Editor:
    Leah Marino, Liz Perlman
  • Cinematographer:
    Deborah S. Esquenazi
  • Executive Producer:
    Christopher Clements and Julie Goldman (Motto Pictures) Daniel Chalfen and Jim Butterworth (Naked Edge Films)
  • Composer:
    Sam Lipman
  • Field Producer:
    Liz LaBarge, Carrie Kenny, Elvia Mendoza
  • Additional Camera:
    Diana "Dee: Navarro, Eliva Mendoza
  • Finishing Editor:
    Toby Shimin
  • Consulting Editors :
    Jean Tsein, Mary Manhardt, Toby Shimin
  • Cast:
    Anna Vasquez, Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, Mike Ware, Keith Hampton, Jeff Blackburn, Javier Limon, Stephanie Limon, Debbie Nathan, Darrell Otto, Mary Burdette

Contacts
  • Press Contact
    David Magdael
    David Magdael & Associates, Inc.
    Los Angeles, CA 90015
    Phone: 213 624 7827
    dmagdael@tcdm-associates.com
  • Print Source
    Deborah S. Esquenazi
    Deborah S. Esquenazi Productions, LLC
    debesq@mac.com
  • US Sales Contact
    Josh Braun
    Submarine
    New York, NY 10013
    Phone: 212 625 1410
    josh@submarine.com
  • US Sales Contact
    Zac Bright
    Preferred Content
    Los Angeles, CA 90048
    Phone: 323 782 9193
    zac@preferredcontent.net
  • International Sales Contact
    Daniel Chalfen
    Naked Edge Films
    New York, NY 10025
    Phone: 212 729 0030
    daniel@nakededgefilms.com

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