Presumed Guilty (Presunto culpable) Reviews
Eye-opening investigation on the country's shady judicial system, where the accused is guilty from the beginning and has to prove his innocence, not the other way around. As moving as it is inflammatory, Presunto Culpable is a thoroughly engrossing documentary that teaches us that the worst villains exist not on paper or on film, but lurk among us. My only objection is the use of staged phone calls, which the film could've definitely done without.
Al final, es un filme que te hace tomar conciencia de la realidad y empezar a creer y propagar el cambio con acciones.
This documentary was shot in 2008. Ok, cool. The government said: "Oh crap! The Judicial Power is the antagonist! We'll look awful." And so, it was banned for two years. It was never released.
Miraculously, Presunto Culpable finally hits theaters nationally in 2010, and the commotion and controversy caused is ENORMOUS, I mean, GODDAMN GIGANTIC. YouTube clips, media, newspapers and the news turn it into a great sensation.
BUT there is always a but. One of the authorities depicted during a small trial (or perhaps another related acquaintance; no one knows and I really don't believe the crap news) raised a lawsuit claiming that his/her(?) appearance affected his/her(?) public image and reputation. So, while Presunto Culpable had been for around less than two weeks in theaters, it is immediately banned again by the government.
Result? EVERYBODY wanted to see it, and thanks to the government's stupidly idiotic and immature move, the Mexican nation associated the commentary of Presunto Culpable with the government's fear to reveal its nature in the law-making processes and the incompetence of those in power. Piracy, torrents and cheap copies arised.
Sharp, witty, unafraid, accurate, well done, Presunto Culpable is a sickening look into the repulsive and infuriating lack of interest of the authorities who do not give a flying f*** about a proper execution of justice. Why are we still stuck into a middle-development crisis of insecurity and macroeconomic problems? Ha...
"Presunto Culpable" no es un gran documental pero si es uno importante ya que trae a luz una realidad que las autoridades ya no pueden negar y que ademas incita a la gente a exigir mas de sus gobernantes. Esta causo mucha controversia durante su proyección en cines mexicanos (hasta fue suspendida por una demanda de uno de los entrevistados). Para muchos es una experiencia poderosa y un grito exigiendo el cambio. Recomendable.