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Presumed Guilty A film by Roberto Hernández and Layda Negrete

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Encore Broadcast Date: August 23, 2012

PBS Premiere: July 27, 2010


Imagine being picked up off the street, told you have committed a murder you know nothing about and then finding yourself sentenced to 20 years in jail. In December 2005 this happened to Toño Zúñiga in Mexico City and, like thousands of other innocent people, he was wrongfully imprisoned. The award-winning Presumed Guilty is the story of two young lawyers and their struggle to free Zúñiga. With no background in film, Roberto Hernández and Layda Negrete set about recording the injustices they were witnessing, enlisting acclaimed director Geoffrey Smith (The English Surgeon, POV 2009) to tell this dramatic story. Winner, 2011 News & Documentary Emmy Award, Outstanding Investigative Journalism–Long Form. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting.

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TAGS: criminal justice, law, mexico, prison

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Film Information

Presumed Guilty (60 min.)

Premiere Date: July 27, 2010

Encore Broadcast Date: Aug. 23, 2012

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmakers: Roberto Hernández, Layda Negrete, Geoffrey Smith Bio | Interview

Press: Press Release | Fact Sheet


Roberto Hernández
Roberto Hernández
Layda Negrete
Layda Negrete
Geoffrey Smith
Geoffrey Smith

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Critical Acclaim

A nightmarish journey into Mexico's legal system that seems lifted from the pages of Franz Kafka...”

Wall Street Journal

A compelling human story of righteous indignation, heroism, and international importance...”


Escenas del infierno de un sistema donde el peso de la justicia no radica en la investigación…Sin embargo, el ojo de la cámara puede modificar el curso de la historia que registra...”

— Mexico City Reforma

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