COURTROOM 3H Feature Films In Person at AFI Silver


North America Premiere

Following the screening, watch a special conversation with director Antonio Méndez Esparza, producer Ana Castañosa and subject Judge Sjostrom moderated by AFI Festivals Programmer Malin Kan.

Inside the Tallahassee Unified Family Court, cases of abuse, abandonment or negligence are presided over with the express objective, under the law, to reunite families as quickly and safely as possible. Filtered through a courtroom professionalism and presented with an observational distance, a sequence of staggeringly emotional hearings and trials hints at the complexities of these family histories, calling into question a justice system with the power to decide who is suitable to be a parent and who is not, but that is incapable of addressing underlying societal structures and often multi-generational pain. Moving into pure nonfiction, filmmaker Antonio Méndez Esparza (LIFE AND NOTHING MORE) offers another profoundly sensitive portrait of family at the mercy of the system. –Malin Kan

Continue the conversation on DOCS Connect, with filmmaker in attendance to respond to your questions, here.


Born in Madrid, Antonio Méndez Esparza earned a law degree before moving to the U.S. to develop his filmmaking career, where he earned an MFA from Columbia University. LIFE AND NOTHING MORE was Esparza’s second film. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was awarded the John Cassavetes Award at the 2018 Independent Spirit Awards.

Aqui y Alli Films
Pedro Hernández
[email protected]


Country: Spain

Year: 2020

Director: Antonio Méndez Esparza

Screenwriter: Antonio Méndez Esparza

Producers: Pedro Hernández Santos, Rebeca Villar Rodríguez, Ana Castañosa Bielsa

Executive Producer: Andrea Moya Acaso

Directors of Photography: Barbu Balasoiu, Santiago Oviedo

Editor: Santiago Oviedo

Production Designers: Yalan Hu, María Beltrán

Running Time (minutes): 115

Language: English

Accessibility: Closed Captions Available



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