Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

Melbourne Queer Film Festival

15 March 2018 - 25 March 2018

After being wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls during the Satanic Panic witch-hunt era of the 80s and 90s, four Latina lesbians fight against homophobia and prosecutorial fervor in their struggle for exoneration.

This riveting and powerful documentary begins inside a Texas prison, where the women have spent nearly a decade behind bars. Using home video footage from 21 years ago combined with recent verité footage and intimate interviews, director Deborah S. Esquenazi eventually takes on the role of investigator along with attorneys at the Innocence Project, helping these women on their long road to justice.

Session Information

ACMI, Melbourne

Film Information


Deborah Esquenazi


91 minutes



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