We are so thrilled to see Rodrigo Reyes’ film Sanson and Me at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival! Reyes was the 2017 winner of the Roberto Guerra Award, fiscally sponsored by UnionDocs and we are delighted to be a presentation partner for the screenings. The screening will take place on JUNE ___ at __PM at ___. Hailed as a film that is a “provocative meditation on poverty, migration, borders, incarceration, and the power of story to bind together fragmented lives” by Robert C. Winn, this is a film you don’t want to miss!
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Jun 12, 2022 at 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Sanson and Me
Directed by Rodrigo Reyes
After Sherman by Jon-Sesrie Goff
83 min., 2021
Set in rural California and Mexico’s Pacific coast, Sanson and Me is a moving portrait of the unlikely friendship of two Mexican migrants, told within the frame of the dramatic clash between systemic forces and personal choices that envelop young, incarcerated men of color in America.
Sansón’s life is defined by borders—between Mexico and the United States, between freedom and incarceration, between fact and fiction. While serving two life sentences for first-degree murder in Pelican Bay State Prison, Sansón grapples with the ways he has traversed these borders, moving from country to country, from rural California to solitary confinement, and from the truths of his life to the mythologies he’s created. A tale told through dramatic reenactments, Sansón and Me recreates a life of multilayered border crossing as told by Sansón to his interpreter-turned-friend, filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes. In vividly portraying Sansón’s life from orphaned Mexican child to American prisoner, Reyes reveals one man’s attempt at reconciling the things that have happened to him and the things he has brought on himself.
Rodrigo Reyes has received the support of Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Institute, California Humanities Council, Film Independent, IFP Narrative and Documentary Labs, the Mexican Film Institute, and more. In 2015, his documentary Purgatorio was selected as the Season Premiere for America ReFramed. In 2017, Rodrigo was selected for the Spotlight on Storytellers Award by Sundance Institute and was named a Guggenheim Fellow