The war on drugs continues to be one of society’s greatest battles, and the new documentary Cartel Land takes viewers to the frontlines of the issue.
“There’s an imaginary line out there between right and wrong, good and evil,” says a voice of a vigilante in the trailer. “I believe what I am doing is good and what I am standing up against is evil.”
The trailer is as tense as can be, with the filmmakers capturing an incredible amount of real-life footage – hard to believe that this level of intensity was featured in less than three minutes of footage. Just imagine how the actual documentary will be.
Cartel Land, from director Matthew Heineman (Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, Our Time) and executive producer Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) will be in select theaters on July 3 from The Orchard.
Below is an official plot synopsis from the film’s website.
“With unprecedented access, CARTEL LAND is a riveting, 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 MichoacÃ¡n, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as “El Doctor,” leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Meanwhile, in Arizona’s Altar Valley – a narrow, 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley – 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.
“Filmmaker Matthew Heineman embeds himself in the heart of darkness as Nailer, El Doctor, and the cartel each vie to bring their own brand of justice to a society where institutions have failed. From executive producer Kathryn Bigelow (THE HURT LOCKER, ZERO DARK THIRTY), CARTEL LAND is a chilling, visceral meditation on the breakdown of order and the blurry line between good and evil. At the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Heineman received both the Directing Award and Special Jury Award for Cinematography in the U.S. Documentary competition.”