SPAIN/US 2020, 115 min Director Antonio Méndez Esparza
Raw and powerful, Courtroom 3H marks a confident documentary debut from director Antonio Méndez Esparza (Life and Nothing More, MVFF 2017). Shot in a single courtroom over the course of a month, the film takes viewers inside Florida’s Tallahassee Unified Family Court, which focuses on parental rights, juvenile delinquency, and other issues relating to minors. A fly-on-the-wall approach provides a window into the many factors and frustrations for families embroiled in Florida’s legal system. Méndez Esparza’s camera bears silent witness as heart-wrenching cases play out with stakes that couldn’t be higher for the children, parents, and legal representatives involved. Shining a needed light on the economic disparities underlying so much of what occurs in our justice system, Courtroom 3H is a sometimes shocking, sometimes uncomfortable, but nuanced and necessary look into a world too few people know about. –Zaki Hasan
We will be joined in person by Antonio Méndez Esparza, Director, Courtroom 3H, for an onstage conversation.
Friday, Oct 8, 4:00pm, Smith Rafael Film Center
Sunday, Oct 10, 4:00pm, BAMPFA
$14 Member | $16.50 General | $15 Senior | $8 Students & Youth (12 & Under)
Born in Madrid, Antonio Méndez Esparza earned a law degree before moving to the U.S., where he earned an MFA in filmmaking from Columbia University. His previous feature Life and Nothing More (MVFF 2017) won the FIPRESCI prize at the 2017 San Sebastian Film Festival and the 2018 John Cassavetes Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.
Antonio Méndez Esparza
Pedro Hernandez Santos, Rebeca Villar Rodriguez, Ana Castanosa Bielsa