Film: Sansón and Me by Rodrigo Reyes

Event Sponsor
Department of Art & Art History
Center for Latin American Studies
Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA)
McMurtry Building
355 Roth Way, Stanford, CA 94305
Oshman Hall

Two Mexican migrants, a young man serving a life sentence in prison and a filmmaker who was his court interpreter, become intertwined through life and cinema.

Film screening of Sansón and Me followed by a Q&A with director Rodrigo Reyes, moderated by Srđan Keča, Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, MFA in Documentary Film.


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. 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. 


Directed and Produced by Rodrigo Reyes

Produced by Su Kim

Executive Producer, Inti Cordera

Mexico, USA | 2022 | 83 minutes


Sheffield DocFest 2022

Academy Award® accredited

Official Selection: 2022 Tribeca Festival