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Sansón and Me

Directed by Rodrigo Reyes

Mexico | Documentary | 83

5 Nov
Sat, Nov 5, 2022 at 12:30 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Rodrigo Reyes is expected to attend.


Bay Area filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes reimagines the framework for documentary reenactments with this powerful story of a young man whose life is irretrievably altered by the carceral system. Reyes first encounters Sansón Noe Andrade when he serves as a language interpreter during the 19-year-old’s murder trial and subsequently writes that he’d like to tell the young man’s story in a film. Since Reyes isn’t permitted to film Sansón, he finds an actor to play the part and uses members of the extended Andrade family in Mexico to fill out other roles. The end result is a wide-ranging elegy of a life burdened by cycles of crime and poverty, an unexpectedly intimate friendship, and a bold step forward in documentary form.

Director Rodrigo Reyes

Born in Mexico City and based in Oakland, Rodrigo Reyes is a Pacific Pioneer Fund grantee, a Bay Area Video Coalition Mediamaker Fellow and winner of the Saul Zaentz Award of the Berkeley Film Foundation. In 2020, Rodrigo’s film 499 won Best Cinematography at Tribeca, as well as the Special Jury Award at Hot Docs, and his work has received the support of The Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE), Sundance and Tribeca Institutes, and many others. His work has screened on national public broadcast on America ReFramed and has been commissioned by Netflix. In 2021, Rodrigo received the SF IndieFest Vanguard Award and was selected as one of the visionary Bay Area artists selected for the inaugural SFFILM Rainin Fellowship.

Film Details

Language English, Spanish

Year 2022

Runtime 83

Country Mexico, USA

Director Rodrigo Reyes

Executive Producer Inti Cordera, Sally Jo Fifer, Lois Vossen, Sandie Viquez Pedlow

Producer Su Kim

Editor Andrea Chignoli, Daniel Chávez Ontiveros

Cinematographer Alejandro Mejía

Music Jacobo Lieberman

Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio descriptions are not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.