Cartel Land

Cartel Land

Downloadable Video - 2015
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Filmmaker Matthew Heineman and Executive Producer Kathryn Bigelow (|́|The Hurt Locker|́|, |́|Zero Dark Thirty|́|) bring us this unprecedented look at two vigilante groups fighting the murderous drug cartels on both sides of the Mexican border.
Publisher: [United States] : The Orchard : Made available through hoopla, 2015.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 100 min.)) : sd., col.


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Oct 15, 2019

excellent.. shows the mass corruption in mexico to be part of the 6 billion dollar a year drug trade.. mexicans being murdered, americans dying from mexican made meth, fentanyl, mexican heroin, and the other drugs transported across illegally.

Nov 18, 2017

What an eye opening documentary. I read about the rampant government corruption in Mexico. I'm really not sure how citizens in Mexico arming themselves and protecting their families against violent drug cartels are similar, or should have been included in the documentary with armed racist vigilantes here in the US. This should have been two separate films. One film that focuses on Mexicans who want to defend and protect themselves and their families. And, another film that documents racists who patrol the wall.

May 19, 2017

Much of the documentary Cartel Land, an immersion into the Mexican drug traffickers and citizen vigilantes, is hair-raisingly intense.
A real-life action thriller, a terrifying, companion piece to Sicario. Do we want the wild West in the 21st century? Because that's what we've got.

May 06, 2017

Although it barely scratches the surface this is still a decent documentary. I question why the director even bothered showing the US side of the border as he spends only around 10-15 minutes on it total.

Apr 30, 2017

The much feted “War on Drugs” is visited by yet another documentary filmmaker, but this time around Matthew Heineman skirts the usual exposé of official collaboration and failed policies and instead focuses his lens on two very different men on opposite sides of the Mexican border who have more in common than first appearances would suggest. Shot in the usual jerky handheld style one associates with guerrilla filmmaking and making effective use of night skies and a fortuitous thunderstorm or two, Heineman concentrates mainly on Mireles (no naïve innocent himself) as his vision goes from heroic liberator to disillusioned martyr and beyond while the drug trade itself seems to receive little more than an inconvenient dent. Cynical with just a touch of despair, Heineman offers no solutions to the endless cycle of poverty, greed, and corruption but rather showcases a few brief victories in an all-consuming battle which shows no signs of slowing down. The fact that he bookends his film with scenes of an outdoor drug lab where masked men stir steaming cauldrons of meth like Macbeth’s witches only heightens the sense of futility.

Apr 11, 2017

This documentary is about Mexico and cartels, but it is also about vigilantism in general. Is it OK to take the law into your own hands? Does this freedom corrupt? The documentary explores two (related) instances of vigilantism, and it does so in a critical, but nuanced way. It reflects upon the motives of the people involved, and their situation. This exploration is what really makes this documentary great. It throws some light on the situation in Mexico in a way that is both thrilling and heartbreaking - but by focusing on the acts of the vigilantes, the documentary becomes timeless.

Mar 22, 2017

This a very interesting video, and is inspiring.

Feb 20, 2017

Well done documentary about the drug cartels in Mexico. The Mexican government is really screwed up.

Jan 30, 2017

Interesting documentary, shows Mexico and the cartels as they really are.
The people are in the middle and some are trying to do something about that.

Marinetti Jan 06, 2017

Interesting documentary. Warning: contains graphic and disturbing scenes.

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Sep 08, 2016

In the Mexican state of Michoacán Dr. José Mireles, a small-town physician known as "El Doctor," leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel. Meanwhile, in Arizona's Altar Valley, Tim "Nailer" Foley, an American veteran, heads a small paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon, whose goal is to stop Mexico's drug wars from seeping across our border. 89%/82%


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