THE SLEEP OF THE RIGHTEOUS, 17min., Mexico, Thriller/Crime
SHORT & FEATURE FILMS - A to Z • 17m
In Mexico, where only one in every 100 crimes ends in a conviction, a group of men decide to wait no more and take justice on their own hands. Soon they discover that they’ve killed the wrong man, that two police detectives seem to be on their track and that a gang of real criminals want to make them pay for their mistake.
From the beginning "The Sleep of the Righteous" was thought as a genre film. However, the underlying issue comes from a very real everyday drama in Mexico: the high rate of crime impunity and the widespread sense of defenselessness of citizens before criminals due to the lack of sufficient judges and police officers. All that combined with a generalized distrust in the authorities seemed to me fertile ground for the emergence of acts of frontier justice, with the inherent perils that this could entail.
Written & Directed by Alejandro Cabrera
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