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RICOCHET is directed by Jeff Adachi and Chihiro Wimbush and is an eye-opening documentary about the tragic death of Kate Steinle.

Kate was walking on Pier 14 in San Francisco with her father when a shot rang out. Seconds later, she was dead. An undocumented immigrant, Jose Garcia Zarate, was arrested and accused of murder. Within hours, then candidate Donald Trump used the case to justify his immigration policies, stating that the death of Steinle was caused by San Francisco’s sanctuary city policies.  The trial of the case was one of the most watched and commented on trials of decade.

Matt Gonzalez, Chief Attorney of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, is assigned the case and develops the evidence through a fascinating analysis of video evidence, forensic science and witnesses, including Garcia-Zarate.  Gonzalez is assisted by Francisco Ugarte, who heads the office’s immigration unit, and the defense team. The work of Gonzalez and Ugarte on this case is overseen by San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi.

In 2019, we sadly lost Jeff Adachi before he completed the film. Co-Director, Chihiro Wimbush completed the film and CAAMFest is thrilled to showcase the world premiere of this important documentary. We hope to not only celebrate this film, but Jeff’s legacy as a talented filmmaker, community leader and champion for the under-served communities.


Co-Presenters: BAVCCAA (Chinese for Affirmative Action)Cine + MasImmigrant Legal Resource Center

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Sat, May 22
3:00 pm