Juan Meléndez spent 17 years on Florida’s death row for a murder he did not commit. Although the real killer confessed, his confession was never shown to the defense and the jury never heard it.
Juan Meléndez - 6446 tells Juan’s story and the story of the dedicated people who stood by him and finally helped win his freedom.
Juan was present at this year’s National Campaign to End the Death Penalty conference in Pennsylvania in January, when we all got to see the premiere of this powerful film. His mama was there, too. It was heartbreaking and maddening and it stirred the soul.
Now comes the news that Juan Meléndez - 6446 has been accepted to the New York Latino International Film Festival. It will be screened on Wednesday, July 29 and on Friday, July 31. Juan will be there for the screening on Friday. The documentary has also been accepted to the Montreal World Film Festival where it will be shown at the end of August.
If you live in the New York area or know someone who might be interested, I encourage you to attend and spread the word. The film will be screened on Wednesday, July 29 at 5:00 PM at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea Screen 7; and on Friday, July 31 at 2:00 PM at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea Screen 8. For ticket information and to learn about other films that will be screened at the festival, please visit the New York Latino International Film Festival site.