• Sanson and Me


a film by Rodrigo Reyes
2022, 83 minutes



During his day job as a Spanish criminal interpreter in a small town in California, filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes (499) met a young man named Sansón, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who was sentenced to life in prison without parole. With no permission to interview him, Sansón and Reyes worked together over a decade, using hundreds of letters as inspiration for recreations of Sansón’s childhood—featuring members of Sansón's own family. The result is a vibrant portrait of a friendship navigating immigration and the depths of the criminal justice system and pushing the boundaries of cinematic imagination to rescue a young migrant's story from oblivion.


"An ever-engaging, innovative and moving treatment of race, class, and the criminal-justice system."
- Hammer to Nail

"A startling and somber documentary."
-The Guardian

Press Materials

Press Release
Press Kit & High Res Photos

Where to watch

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Mar 3: BAM - Brooklyn, NY
March 10: Lark Theater - Larkspur, CA
March 17-23: Roxie Theater - San Francisco, CA
March 20-21: Laemmle Theatres - Los Angeles, CA
March 22: Indie Memphis - Memphis, TN
March 24: American Cinematheque - Los Angeles, CA

April 27-30: Dairy Arts Center - Boulder, CO

Festivals & Awards

WINNER – Best Film, Sheffield DocFest 2022
Official Selection - Tribeca Festival 2022
Official Selection – SFFilm Doc Stories 2022


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