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Program 28 - WUFF & NiteHawk Cinema present the Oscar nominated Cartel Land, followed by a special Q&A

  • Nitehawk Cinema 136 Metropolitan Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11249 United States (map)

¿Dónde Están?  (2016, 5 min) - Scottish artist and filmmaker, Jan Nimmo, moved to action by the forced disappearance of 43 unarmed college students in Mexico in September of 2014 created this tribute for the Ayotzinapa 43+/Tributo para los 43+ de. As of today they are still missing.

Cartel Land (2015, 100 min) - 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 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 our border. Both films will be followed by a Q&A with Bradley Ross, editor and co-producer of the film, Andre Arias, assistant editor on location and Antonio Tizapa, father of one of the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico.


GQ - “Documentarian Matthew Heineman embeds with vigilante groups on both sides of the Mexico-U.S. border to show how civilians have taken it upon themselves to fight drug cartels where institutions have failed, amidst terrible violence and police corruption.”

Creative Planet Network - “Filmmaker Matthew Heineman didn’t set out to put himself in the middle of a standoff between the Mexican military and a heavily armed vigilante group. Nor did he intend to spend any time crouched inside a car taking fire from members of a drug cartel. But his work on the feature documentary Cartel Land took him into both of those situations—and more.”

Rolling Stone - “Matthew Heineman's documentary starts out as a chronicle of everyday people taking on a national scourge; it ends up asking viewers to decide whether vigilantism produces folk heroes or merely a different kind of predator, and reminding us that to live outside the law, you must be honest.”

All tickets can be purchased from NiteHawk Cinema here.