Laredo Film Society to screen trial documentary, host Q&A with lawyer featured in film

The Laredo Film Society will host an exclusive film screening in October when they exhibit documentary “Ricochet” at the Laredo Center of the Arts.

The documentary examines the trial of an undocumented immigrant — Jose Inés Garcia Zárate — who is arrested and accused of murder shortly after the accidental shooting death of a young woman, Kate Steinle, in San Francisco in July of 2015.

The judgment and subsequent trial would garner national attention when then-presidential candidate Donald Trump would use the incident as further justification of his anti-immigration platform.

Matt Gonzalez, Chief Attorney of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, and Francisco Ugarte, who heads the office’s immigration unit and the defense team, would go on to fight for Zárate’s freedom. As well as to counter the xenophobic narratives about the case.

Gonzalez will be in attendance for the event, and will be part of a Q&A panel alongside Uziel Araiza of the Laredo Immigrant Alliance and Sister Rosemary Welsh of Mercy Ministries.

The event is scheduled for Sunday, October 6, at the Laredo Center for the Arts. Doors are scheduled to open at 4:30 pm, with the film starting at 5 pm Admission is free, but the society asks for $10 suggested donation at the door.

For more information or to RSVP in advance, visit the Laredo Film Society online at

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