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Presumed Guilty
A film by Roberto Hernández and Layda Negrete
Directed by Roberto Hernández and Geoffrey Smith

Presumed Guilty
Watch the trailer at:
National PBS Encore Presentation on POV
Thursday, August 23 at 10 PM

(check your local listings)

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. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting.

Visit the POV website to learn more about the criminal justice system in Mexico and watch the filmmaker interview, along with other special features.
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