Cartel Land

Dir. Matthew Heineman. 2015, 100 mins. Digital projection. This widely acclaimed, multiple Sundance Award-winning film takes an immersive, on-the-ground look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy—the murderous Mexican drug cartels. In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as "El Doctor," leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the vicious Knights Templar cartel. Meanwhile, in Arizona's Altar Valley, Tim "Nailer" Foley, an American veteran, heads up a small paramilitary group to police the leaky border. Filmmaker Matthew Heineman and cameraman Matt Porwoll travel deep into dangerous territory to witness ambushes, double-crossings, and intense street combat, and the result is a chilling meditation on the breakdown of order and the blurred line between good and evil. Nominated for five Cinema Eye Honors, including Outstanding Achievement in Direction and Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking.

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