Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
Director: Deborah S. Esquenazi
Part of: identities Festival
Seen on: 14.6.2017
In the early 90s, Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez, all around 19 and 20 years old, were accused of gang-raping two young girls. Despite the fact that there was no evidence, the fact that the four are lesbians and latinas, coupled with the Satanic Panic, they were swiftly convicted for 15 years, Ramirez even for almost 40 years. But they continued to fight to prove their innocence.
Southwest of Salem tells an absolutely shocking story for which Esquenazi finds the right tone – not an easy achievement.