Sansón and Me

Dir: Rodrigo Reyes
Mexico / United Kingdom / 2021 / 83mins

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During his day job as a Spanish criminal interpreter in a small town in California, filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes met a young man named Sansón, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Years later, Reyes seeks Sansón out again, and the two men begin to communicate via letters, and to collaborate on a film idea. As it is forbidden to film inside the jail, Reyes proposes a radical way to tell Sansón's story, recreating his childhood in Mexico with the help of his own family.

The result is an unforgettable film that reflects on migration, roots and the US prison system, and pushes the boundaries of cinematic imagination to rescue a young man's story from oblivion.

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