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Banned in Mexico

By David Johanssen

In February 2011, the documentary Presumed Guilty was released to Mexican audiences, and one month later, a judge moved to have the film banned. This action caused the movie to gain unprecedented popularity almost overnight. Presumed Guilty now holds the box office record for a documentary in Mexico. In this gripping true story, two lawyers struggle to free Antonio Zúñiga, who has been wrongly convicted by the Mexican judicial system. Zúñiga was arrested on charges of murder and convicted largely on the testimony of one man. Zúñiga was told by authorities, “You did it and that’s it.” Zúñiga was given the sentence of 20 years in prison for a crime that was impossible for him to have committed; three witnesses explained that he was at his place of work at the time of the murder. Join us Tuesday, December 30, for a presentation of the documentary that was banned in Mexico, Presumed Guilty, directed by Roberto Hernández. Afterwards, we will have a discussion on this compelling topic—how can Mexico address changes to its judicial system? We will present the documentary with English subtitles. 40 pesos.

Driving Miss Daisy
Sun, Dec 28, 5pm
50 pesos
Documentary and Discussion
Presumed Guilty
Tue, Dec 30, 4pm
40 pesos
Live Music
Open Mic
Tue, Dec 30, 7:30pm
30 pesos (includes beverage)
All events at:
Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
154 7524

Sunday, December 28, at 5 pm, we continue our theater-on-screen series with Driving Miss Daisy. This 1989 Oscar winner for best picture was adapted from the play by Alfred Uhry, starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy. Alfred Uhry received the Pulitzer Prize for his 1987 off-Broadway play about a 72-year old Jewish widow who is forced by her son to be chauffeured by Hoke, a black driver. Set in 1948 when racism permeated much of the country, the film explores the complex, up-and-down 25-year relationship between Miss Daisy and Hoke, from her initial resentment of him to their close friendship. She teaches him to read, and he opens her eyes to so much that she had not seen before. Freeman and Tandy are two old veterans on top of their respective games, doing what they do best. Freeman also starred in the play at Playwrights Horizons, where it debuted. 50 pesos.

Join us every Tuesday, at 7:30 pm for the Open Mic. It’s always a great show with a different line up of amateurs and professionals week by week. You have 10 minutes to do anything you want— as long as it is absolutely riveting! 30 pesos (includes beverage).

Shelter Theater is part of the Shelter VG4 Cultural Center, located at Vicente Guerrero 4, a 10-minute walk from the Jardín. Telephone 154 7524 or visit to see upcoming films, and events. Taxi concierge service available to/from “Teatro Shelter”.


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