Narco Cultura 2013 NR CC

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Narco Cultura (Spanish, English subtitles) takes viewers behind the scenes of narcocorridos, the most explosive and violent music subculture in America.

Starring:
Edgar Quintero, Richi Soto
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1 hour 43 minutes

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Narco Cultura

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Genres Documentary
Director Shaul Schwarz
Starring Edgar Quintero, Richi Soto
Studio Docurama
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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This was a really good documentary.
tony garcia
The choice of subjects, a crime scene investigator in CJ and a narcocorrido performer in the Us, provides all the exposition and analysis necessary.
Cobrito
Narco Cultura is a documentary that shows you the brutal life the people of Juárez suffer through on a daily basis.
Wilmar Luna

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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DigitalPaperCut on February 26, 2014
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The bullet collectors are forensic teams whose data goes nowhere since 97% of Juarez' 3,000+ annual murders will never be solved. Before we shame narco groupies and singers and hangers'-on, we must first examine our own glorification of, defense of and entertainment by powerful crime figures like John Gotti, John Dillinger, Jesse James, gangsta rappers; the list goes on and on and on.

Though women are murdered in cartel wars, one aspect not addressed are the fact that it's mostly men murdering men. When thousands of men are murdered in a single city every year, surely the impact on surviving women, children, society and the economy is devastating. It's rather like a male genocide that will take generations to recover and restore gender and family balance.

As far as narco-corridos music itself, what we're shown has no bass, no funk and all is umbilically attached to a 3/3-timed oom-pa-pa, oom-pa-pa beat. Accordions can be made get down and get funky, but until that happens in this genre, it simply cannot go mainstream in America. The lyrics about murder, guns and dope are not much different than American rap top-40 hits. The singers imitate the gestures they see in American rap vidoes, but appear absurdly out of place with a polka beat.

Narco Cultura shows us narco cops, narco groupies, narco entertainers, narco workers and of course narco victims. One particular mother, instead of sobbing in a crumpled heap, screams with rage to the world the question of why Mexico is resigned to helplessness and fear and doing nothing. One of the most powerful scenes is Juarez' City of the Dead; a cemetery bizarrely lavish with multi-story mansions for the dead as far as the eye can see.

Powerful film.
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If you ever wanted to have an inside look as to why people leave their countries. Narco Cultura is a good start in the multitude of reasons why people flee to America. Notice I said, "flee" not "flock" for there is a difference.

Narco Cultura is a documentary that shows you the brutal life the people of Juárez suffer through on a daily basis. It gives you just a small, brutal taste as to why you see so many illegal immigrants in America. It shows you that most of the hispanic people from Central America actually have no interest to move to America.

As one of the main characters in this movie tells you. "When I'm in Mexico, I feel more comfortable, more at peace, more like myself. I can speak my language, go wherever I please, and not worry that I'm breaking some laws." This isn't an exact quote, but the gist is obviously that he never wants to leave his home country.

However, the gang violence and the atrocities committed by the drug cartels are extinguishing him and his colleagues one by one. To make matters worse, the Mexican people have started to idolize these drug dealers who carry assault rifles and "stick it to the man."

There is a lot of death in this movie, a lot of real life death with gruesome depictions of dead bodies, burnt corpses, and a mother screaming over the death of her decapitated son.

Yes. Decapitated.

You'll also get to see in this film, the other side of the fence. You'll see a Mexican-American trying to make it big as a Narco Cultura singer. Let me just tell you that right off the bat, you're not going to like this guy. He idolizes the violence and is just a punk kid who doesn't know any better.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Suntsu on March 29, 2014
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This is a must see documentary.
One world that people that we hear about in the news but we do not really pay attention to it,
through the eyes of a Mexican CSI that gets more victims to process in Juarez than in the all seasons of
the CSI series. A brutal documentary that goes as deep as it is allowed.
The secondary story in the documentary is from the side of an upcoming signer (he doesn't actually signs
all that great) that writes and sings about the narco wars but from the side of the "bad" guys that he respects.
It is amazing to watch people singing, dancing and having fun when the guys sings about killings and assassins,
not only in Mexico but in the USA too.
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By Jp on July 14, 2014
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Originally found it on Netflix.. didn't think much about it and just clicked it to spend time and I gotta say.. it's one of the real gems. added to collection. Compelling narrative follows two separate individuals and through them we get a glimpse of stark reality how drug and its business is affecting the lives.. one who glamourize and another whose sense of duty guides him to do the right but has to perform duties in fear..
I'd say it's totally worth it to google the directoor 'Shaul Schwarz' and check out his photography and short film works on his website. Amazing works.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sonia B. on May 24, 2014
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This documentary was intense... It's amazing how this is really happening as we speak. It makes you appreciate where we live.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cobrito on April 24, 2014
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The choice of subjects, a crime scene investigator in CJ and a narcocorrido performer in the Us, provides all the exposition and analysis necessary.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tony garcia on April 22, 2014
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This was a really good documentary. It had good music, and a good storyline that incorporated multiple point of views. WATCH IT
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