Women Win Big at Outfest Los Angeles, Women and Hollywood July 2016
"The Jury praised “Southwest of Salem” for its “ability to captivate the audience and to give voice to those who have been oppressed, and to expose an egregious miscarriage of justice of marginalized, yet the most exceedingly brave women.”
Tribeca Film Review: ‘Southwest of Salem’, VARIETY 'Employs straightforward, intimate aesthetics to elicit intense empathy with their fight for freedom.' - Nick Schager, VARIETY
Frame line 40 Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary
“In a slate of gripping documentaries, there was one that shook us to the core, leaving us both devastated and inspired. It was a rare find – a queer investigative documentary that wove together complex issues of race, class and sexuality into a superbly cohesive narrative, a hugely important story of miscarriage of justice which astonishingly is the filmmaker’s first documentary feature."
Director Deborah Esquenazi on What Drew Her to a Satanic-Ritual Abuse Trial in Texas, NEW YORK MAGAZINE 'A true crime narrative that is as emotional as it is infuriating'