Southwest of Salem
Southwest of Salem

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

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DirectorDeborah S. Esquenazi

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Deborah S. Esquenazi’s documentary, Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Fouris a riveting true-life crime drama.  Much like the witch trials of 1692, this is a crime story where the only crime committed was in the court of public opinion, leaving four innocent Texas women to pay for transgressions they never committed. Read More Here

“The year is 1994, the city is San Antonio, and the four women accused were all openly gay, which of course means witchcraft was involved. Anna Vasquez, Kristie Mayhugh, Cassandra Rivera, and Elizabeth Ramirez (colloquially known as the San Antonio Four) were tried and sentenced based almost solely on testimony from two children.”
   Austin Chronicle

“Esquenazi brings us a new take on this bitterly familiar tale, though, with her unwilling heroines being out lesbians in a deeply conservative part of the country twenty years before our present day, where that’s still not always a safe thing to be.”
   Battleship Pretension

“This gut-wrenching real-life drama presents an unfiltered look at what a myopic and prejudiced is capable of.”
   Dave Croyle, Gay Essential   


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