/ / 2020, Feature Films, Virtual

Virtual Showing 
2020 | USA | 98 min | Documentary
Director: Sabrina Van Tassel
Producer: Isaac Sharry
Editor: Damien Bois

The State of Texas vs Melissa explores the life journey of Melissa Lucio, the first Hispanic woman to be sentenced to death in the state of Texas. For ten years she has been awaiting her fate, and now faces her last appeal. No one had ever seen Melissa be violent towards her children, yet she was blamed for the daily abuse and subsequent death of her two year-old daughter, who died from blunt head trauma. Set in the heart of the Latino community of South Texas, the film takes a look at Melissa’s broken childhood, her adulthood plagued by poverty and prejudice, and the miscarriage of justice Melissa faced, from the court appointed attorney who willingly set aside evidence, to the District attorney who used her case to help his re-election. State of Melissa v. Texas is the portrait of a woman’s fight against an entire system. Official Selection at Tribeca FF 2020. Winner Best Feature Documentary at Raindance Film Festival.