Mario's Story

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A young man wrongly convicted of murder struggles to prove his innocence in this documentary from filmmakers Jeff Werner and Susan Koch. Mario Rocha was 16 years old and a student at a Los Angeles high school when he was charged with the murder of a classmate, Martin Estevez. During his trial, prosecutors suggested that Rocha had gang affiliations that would have provided a valid motive for the killing; however, after the fact, it was proven that Rocha was not a member of any gang. Despite this, Los Angeles city ...
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A young man wrongly convicted of murder struggles to prove his innocence in this documentary from filmmakers Jeff Werner and Susan Koch. Mario Rocha was 16 years old and a student at a Los Angeles high school when he was charged with the murder of a classmate, Martin Estevez. During his trial, prosecutors suggested that Rocha had gang affiliations that would have provided a valid motive for the killing; however, after the fact, it was proven that Rocha was not a member of any gang. Despite this, Los Angeles city attorneys were eager to convict Rocha as part of a drive to "get tough" on gang-related crime, and a number of observers seriously questioned the competence of Rocha's lawyer, Anthony Garcia, into question, factors which led to a conviction against the youngster. While behind bars, Rocha began honing his skills as a writer as he sought to find legal representation that would join the fight to give him a new trial. When attorneys from the respected law firm of Latham and Watkins agree to take on Rocha's case free of charge, they successfully campaign for a new trial and then methodically gather the evidence that will prove Rocha did not commit the crime. Mario's Story was screened in competition as part of the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival.
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Special Features

Photo Gallery; Trailer; Poster
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/11/2007
  • UPC: 798622360229
  • Original Release: 2006
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  • Source: Westlake
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mario Rocha Participant
Sister Janet Harris Participant
Ian Grahan Participant
Robert Long Participant
Steve Newman Participant
Danny Rocha Participant
David Barragan Participant
Aldo Velasco Participant
Laurie Nevarez Participant
Duane Noriyuki Participant
Carlos Rocha Participant
Virginia Rocha Participant
Joann Lach Participant
Anthony Garcia Participant
Robert Grace Participant
Det. Rick Peterson Participant
Lawrence Marshall Participant
Mike White Participant
Bob S. Bowers Participant
Raphael Rocha Participant
Marcus McDaniel Participant
Technical Credits
Susan Koch Director, Producer
Jeff Werner Director, Editor
Louie Araujo Consultant/advisor
Elizabeth Hoffman Associate Producer
Horacio Martinez Cinematographer
Neil Barrett Cinematographer
Brian Pratt Cinematographer
Joel Richards Score Composer
Alan Tavener Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mario's Story
2. Pursuing Freedom [5:59]
3. The Case [3:41]
4. Under Arrest [5:32]
5. The Trial [7:29]
6. Two Years Later [9:08]
7. Ineffective Council [5:50]
8. The Rocha Family [4:02]
9. Some Good News [5:18]
10. Building a Defense [6:47]
11. The Evidentiary Hearing [10:54]
12. Scholar of Stone & Soul [8:22]
13. Birthday Mystery [7:00]
14. Order to Show Cause [7:13]
15. Court of Appeals [3:39]
16. Falling Into Place [4:03]
17. End Credits [2:16]
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