New Internationalist

My life inside

August 2008

by Lucía Gajá

Sometimes a documentary can leave you frozen with anger in a way a fictional film never can. So it is with this Mexican film, which tells the story of 21-year-old Rosa Jimenez – a Mexican ‘illegal’ – who gets a job as a childminder in the supposedly liberal city of Austin, Texas. One of Rosa’s charges, a little boy, chokes to death on a piece of paper he has swallowed. Rosa is charged with murder. The trial is marred by emotional manipulation of the jurists and the prosecutor’s not-so-subtle racism. Any intelligent weighing of the actual evidence could only lead to one verdict, but this is Texas and Rosa Jimenez gets 99 years. A masterful piece of film-making that leaves the audience gasping at the injustice involved.

RS

This column was published in the August 2008 issue of New Internationalist. To read more, buy this issue or subscribe.

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