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.


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

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