A compelling human story of righteous indignation, heroism, and international importance…” — Variety
A nightmarish journey into Mexico’s legal system that seems lifted from the pages of Franz Kafka…” — Wall Street Journal
POV‘s 25th season of independent nonfiction on PBS continues with the Emmy Award-winning documentary Presumed Guilty.
Watch it on Thursday, August 23, 2012. Check 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.
On POV’s Presumed Guilty companion site, you can watch scenes from the film, learn how the first-time filmmakers turned into “lawyers with cameras”, and find out what’s happened to Toño Zúñiga.
Did you know? Many POV films are available free to stream online and on your mobile devices. Visit POV’s Watch Video page or download the PBS mobile app for iPhone or iPad, and see which films are available today!
POV’s 25th season on PBS continues Thursday nights through October.