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Cartel Land (2015)

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Filmmaker Matthew Heineman examines the state of the ongoing drug problem along the U.S.-Mexican border.

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Matthew Heineman
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
Tim Nailer Foley Tim Nailer Foley ... Himself (as Tim 'Nailer' Foley)
José Manuel 'El Doctor' Mireles José Manuel 'El Doctor' Mireles ... Himself, leader and founder, Autodefensas
Paco Valencia Paco Valencia ... Himself, Autodefensas Comandante
Chaneque Chaneque ... Himself, drug cartel thug
Caballo Caballo ... Himself, drug cartel thug
Enrique Peña Nieto ... Himself
Ana Valencia Ana Valencia ... Herself, Manuel Mireles' wife
Estanislao Beltránin Estanislao Beltránin ... Himself, spokesman, Autodefensas
Janet Fields Janet Fields ... Herself, Tim Foley's girlfriend
Nicolás Sierra Nicolás Sierra ... Himself (as as Nicolás Sierra 'El Gordo')
Karla Karla ... Herself
Alfredo Castillo Cervantes Alfredo Castillo Cervantes ... Himself, Mexican political (as Alfredo Castillo)
María Imilse Arrué María Imilse Arrué ... Herself (as María Imilse)
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A physician in Michoacán, Mexico leads a citizen uprising against the drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Across the U.S. border, a veteran heads a paramilitary group working to prevent Mexico's drug wars from entering U.S. territory. Written by Anonymous

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: Rated R for violent disturbing images, language, drug content and brief sexual material | See all certifications »

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Official site [Japan]

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USA

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 July 2015 (USA) See more »

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Cartel land See more »

Filming Locations:

Sasabe, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$124,000, 17 July 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$704,352

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,126,073
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2.35 : 1
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Winner of the George Polk Award for documentary film in 2016. The prize is meant to honor reporters who advanced vital national conversations with their masterful investigative reporting. See more »

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Timothy Foley: I believe what I am doing is good. And I believe what I'm standing up against is evil.
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Featured in The Oscars (2016) See more »

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En Las Calles
Written by H. Scott Salinas and Jose Cancela
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Vigilantism
3 October 2015 | by peefynSee all my reviews

This documentary is about Mexico and cartels, but it is also about vigilantism in general. Is it OK to take the law into your own hands? Does this freedom corrupt? The documentary explores two (related) instances of vigilantism, and it does so in a critical, but nuanced way. It reflects upon the motives of the people involved, and their situation. This exploration is what really makes this documentary great. It throws some light on the situation in Mexico in a way that is both thrilling and heartbreaking - but by focusing on the acts of the vigilantes, the documentary becomes timeless.

The people behind this went to great lengths to get some really(!) impressive footage. How they convinced people involved to let them film all of this is beyond me.

A warning though: There were some scenes here where I had to look away because of the images shown.


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