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A scene from the documentary Narco Cultura.
A scene from the documentary Narco Cultura.

Narco Cultura: A chilling look at the living hell of Mexico's drug wars Add to ...

  • Directed by Shaul Schwarz
  • Classification 18A
  • Year 2013
  • Country USA/Mexico
  • Language English, Spanish

Across the border from El Paso, Tex., which statistically qualifies as one of the safest cities in the United States, is Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where the murder rate not only jumped tenfold between 2007 and 2010 – from roughly 400 to roughly 4,000 – but is now globally notorious as one of the most dangerous cities on the planet.

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An unflinchingly disturbing and often graphic account of a place plunged into living hell by the arrival of the drug wars, Shaul Schwarz’s documentary tracks two lives utterly defined by the deadly new economy: one a police forensic investigator and family man who fears daily for his life, and the other a rising pop singer cresting toward fame on a wave of songs that celebrate the killers as “modern-day Robin Hoods.”

Chilling, chilling stuff.

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