Screening: Cartel Land + Q&A With Director
The world of Mexican drug cartels and the vigilante groups fighting back
In this double Sundance winner, Matthew Heineman takes us deep into the world of Mexican drug cartels by embedding himself with two vigilante groups on either side of the US-Mexico border. In Arizona’s Altar Valley — known as Cocaine Alley — Tim Foley heads a paramilitary group whose goal is to halt Mexico’s drug wars from crossing the border. Meanwhile, in Michoacán, Dr Jose Mireles shepherds a citizen uprising against the Knights Templar cartel. A visceral journey into North America’s heart of darkness, Cartel Land is a chilling meditation on the breakdown of order and the borderline where life trumps law. The screening will be followed by a Skype Q+A with director Matthew Heinemann. This event is hosted by The Frontline Club. With a history rooted in the freelance video news industry, the Club exists to promote freedom of expression and supports journalists, cameramen and photographers who risk their lives in the course of their work. "Cartel Land reveals a culture that spans the border, full of death and dismaying behavior on both sides, but thriving all the same." – Washington Post Certificate: 15. Running time: 1 hour 38 minutes.
"One of the year's most important documentaries."