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Deborah S. Esquenazi      

Documentary Filmmaker; Known for Peabody Award-Winning Film "Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four"

Deborah S. Esquenazi is a film director, writer, and investigative journalist. She is the director of the critically acclaimed documentary Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four, which won the Critic’s Choice Award for "Best First Feature," garnered an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Social Issues Documentary," a Peabody Award, and won a GLAAD Media Award for "Outstanding Documentary," among other distinctions.

The film helped exonerate the "San Antonio Four" and is mentioned in the opening passages of the Writs of Habeas Corpus in Ex Parte Anna Vasquez, Cassandra Rivera, Elizabeth Ramirez, and Kristie Mayhugh. The film has been written about in Forbes Magazine, The New York Times, The Texas Observer, The Marshall Project, and many other publications.

Esquenazi is also a Rockwood JustFilms Ford Fellow, Sundance Documentary Film Fellow, Sundance Creative Producing Fellow, and a Firelight Film Fellow. Her work, including essays and half-dozen short films (La Loma, Wake Up, Dead Men), tackles the intersections of Mythology & Justice, Identity & Power. Esquenazi is developing a series of essays on these themes.


Peabody Awards Finalists 2017 | Hollywood Reporter

POV | American Documentary (PBS). Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four Deborah S. Esquenazi Productions, LLC (Investigation Discovery). The Forger The New York Times (Video). The Secret Life of Muslims Seftel Productions (Vox, The USA Today Network, PRI's The World, CBS Sunday Morning).

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