THE YEARS OF FIERRO

The Years of Fierro (Los Años De Fierro) (2014) 100 mins – César Fierro, the oldest Mexican prisoner on death row in the United States, has been languishing in a Texas prison for over thirty years. His sentence has been put off repeatedly as the contradictory details of his initial trial have been reviewed. The prosecuting attorney stated that he would not have proceeded with the trial had these details been revealed.  César continues to await execution by lethal injection for a murder that evidence shows he did not commit. One of the most painful consequences of César's incarceration is the effect that the injustice and separation has had on his younger brother, Sergio, demonstrating how this miscarriage of justice resonates beyond one wrongfully imprisoned man. The Years of Fierro is a compassionate portrayal of César Fierro and the psychological hardship that he endures while awaiting his final day.  Directed by Santiago Esteinou.

AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

•    Mexican Academy Award Nomination for Best Feature Documentary (Ariel),
Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences, 2014
•    Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival. 2014
•    People’s Award, FIDOCS, 2014
•    Best Documentary Award, CRFIC, 2014
•    Best Director Award, CRFIC, 2014
•    Best Documentary Award, FMDI, 2014
•    Special Mention of the Jury, DOCSDF, 2014
•    Special Mention of the Jury, FICDH, 2015.

•    Black Movie Film Festival, 2015
•    CINELATINO - Rencontres de Toulouse, 2015
•    Festival Cinematográfico Internacional del Uruguay, 2015
•    Muestra de Cine Documental Mexicano en Madrid, 2015
•    Festival Internacional de Cine de los Derechos Humanos – Pukañawi, 2015
•    Marfici, Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Mar del Plata, 2015
•    Festival Internacional y Mercado del cine Documental de Guía de Isora, 2015
•    Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2014
•    Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2014
•    Guadalajara International Film Festival, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2014
•    Morelia International Film Festival, Morelia, México, 2014
•    International Documentary Festival of Santiago (FIDOCS), Santiago, Chile, 2014
•    Lima Film Festival, Lima, Peru, 2014
•    Havana Film Festival, Havana, Cuba, 2014
•    International Film Festival WATCH DOCS “Human Rights in Film”, Warsaw, Poland, 2014
•    Toulouse Latin American Film Festival, Toulouse, France, 2014
•    Costa Rica International Film Festival “Pace with Earth” (CRFIC), San Jose, Costa Rica, 2014
•    Festival of the Memory Ibero-American Documentary (FMDI), Cuernavaca, Mexico, 2014
•    Brasilia International Film Festival, Brasilia, Brazil, 2014
•    Mexico City International Documentary Film Festival (DOCSDF), Mexico City, Mexico, 2014
•    Morelia International Film Festival, 2013

THE FILMMAKER
 

Santiago Esteinou studied Film Direction in Mexico’s Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica. Later, he received a Fulbright Scholarship and, thanks to this, he completed a Master of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts at Temple University. Returning to Mexico, he produced and directed "The Years of Fierro". This documentary was an Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival and was invited to more than 30 other festivals, receiving the Audience Award at the Santiago International Documentary Festival in Chile, the Best Documentary and Best Director Award at the Costa Rica International Film Festival and a nomination for the Mexican Academy Award (Ariel) for Best Feature Length Documentary. Currently, Santiago is pursuing a post-graduate degree in Human Rights and Democracy at the Latin-American Faculty of Social Sciences and is working on two new documentary films. 

THE YEARS OF FIERRO (LOS AÑOS DE FIERRO)
Catalog # EPF16007; ISBN: 978-1-930545-00-7; NTSC
100 Minutes; Copyright 2014; Spanish, English, English Subtitles

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