Mex, USA 2015, 98 min
Director: Matthew Heineman
Producers: Tom Yellin, Matthew Heineman, Kathryn Bigelow, Robert DeBitetto, David McKillop, Molly Thompson
Distributed in Germany & Switzerland
With unprecedented access, CARTEL LAND is a harrowing 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 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 the US 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. CARTEL LAND is a chilling meditation on the breakdown of order and the blurry line between good and evil.
A bleakly persuasive view of a decades-long combat that respects no boundaries, and seems to hold no prospect of surcease.Wall Street Journal
Sundance Film Festival 2015