‘CARTEL LAND’: New Documentary Shows the Real Chaos at the Border


This documentary is really going to put a huge dent in Obama’s amnesty narrative.

“Cartel Land” is not for the faint of heart, nor mind.

Journalists, documentary filmmakers and other story tellers fight and scratch for access. For his border-hopping film about Mexican drug cartels and the vigilantes on both sides of the Southern border who fight them, director Matthew Heineman might have gotten more than he bargained for.

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Along the way he films a midnight meth-cooking session, gunfights in the streets of Michoacan, Mexico, and records, surreptitiously, men being tortured. “It was a frightening film to make,” he said in recent interview with Roll Call.

Heineman is not, or at least he wasn’t before this movie, a gonzo journalist. His last film, “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare,” is focused on health policy. He hadn’t thought about getting into filmmaking until after college and failing to secure a position with Teach for America. “People ask me: I didn’t know you could get rejected by Teach for America,” he said.

Read more: Roll Call

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