Cartel Land
  • Year2015
  • Duration98 min

In this double Sundance winner, Matthew Heineman takes us deep into the world of Mexican drug cartels by embedding himself with two vigilante groups on either side of the US-Mexico border. Camouflaged to help spy on drug runners, veteran Tim Foley is a man who wears his hard past on his face. Meanwhile, across the Rio Grande, surgeon Dr. Jose Mireles looks straight out of central casting, with chiselled features and a prominent moustache. As head of the Autodefansas, he is leading a group of men determined to obliterate the region's most dangerous drug cartel, the Knights Templar. Heineman repeatedly places himself in harm's way, filming the chaos as the group begin taking over towns - in so doing adapting many of the violent tactics of the drug lords they're trying to overpower. A visceral journey into North America's heart of darkness, Cartel Land will be talked about for years to come.

Carol Nahra

  • Director(s): Matthew Heineman
  • Producer(s): Tom Yellin, Matthew Heineman, Myles Estey
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Format: dcp
  • Premiere status: World Premiere
Director Filmography
Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare
2012
Our Time
2009
The Alzheimer's Project
2009
Credits
Executive Producer(s):
David Mckillop, Robert Debitetto, Molly Thompson
Cinematographer(s):
Matthew Heineman, Matt Porwoll
Editor(s):
Matthew Hamachek, Bradley J. Ross, Pax Wasserman, Matthew Heineman
Music(s):
H. Scott Salinas, Jackson Greenberg
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