FINAL Screening of Santos Vive 9/16

A newly updated and completed version of the documentary “Santos Vive,” which details the tragic death of 12-year old Santos Rodriguez in 1973, will be presented at two exclusive screenings on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Boulevard, Dallas, Texas. The screenings will take place at 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Bessie Rodriguez, the mother of Santos Rodriguez, will be in attendance at the 5:30 screening.

The newly completed version of the film includes additional video footage and interviews, including Pedro Aguirre, who was the sole Latino member of the Dallas City Council at the time of the Rodriguez murder. The film also includes in-depth coverage of the trial of Dallas Police Officer Darrell L. Cain.

Courtesy of DeGolyer Library, SMU

Courtesy of DeGolyer Library, SMU

The screenings on September 16th will be the only showings of this documentary in 2018.

HISTORY -- 12-year-old Mexican-American boy who was killed by a Dallas police officer, marking one of the worst cases of police brutality in modern Dallas history – an event that shocked the community, made national news and raised issues of class and race in our city.

ABOUT THE FILM – Santos Vive is a new documentary that details the history of Little Mexico, the first major Mexican American community in Dallas, Texas, and the impact that the tragic murder of 12-year old Santos Rodriguez in Little Mexico in 1973 has had on the city of Dallas. Rodriguez's murder at the hands of a Dallas police officer became national news and sparked riots and demonstrations in Dallas in 1973. The events that followed changed the Dallas culture in numerous and important ways, including the establishment of a more diverse police department, greater oversight of the department, and increased political advocacy for Dallas’ growing Mexican-American community -- though there is still no memorial to Santos Rodriguez in Dallas, something promised to the family by community leaders. Using archival news footage, interviews with members of Santos Rodriguez’s family, historians and community leaders, filmmaker Byron Hunter has created an enduring remembrance of Santos Rodriguez and his murder that will help to ensure that future generations continue to learn from our history.

Photography by Ben Torres for Dallas Morning News

Photography by Ben Torres for Dallas Morning News

View the film’s trailer here

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER – Byron Hunter, a native of Dallas, Texas, is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and television producer who has produced more than a dozen documentaries for network and cable television networks, including ABC-TV, NBC-TV, ESPN, FOX and BET. Some of his honored film projects include "The Lessons of Hayti," winner of Best Documentary at the 2013 Harlem International Film Festival, and "Universal Babe," winner of the Buzz Award at the 2018 Frozen Film Festival and an Official Selection at the 2018 Manhattan Film Festival in New York City.


  • Screenings – Sunday, September 16th, 2018, 3pm and 5:30pm – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

  • Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Boulevard, Dallas

  • Doors will open at 2:00pm

Admission cost = $10.00

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