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To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco-traffickers have become iconic outlaws, glorified by musicians who praise their new models of fame and success. They represent a pathway out of the ghetto, nurturing a new American dream fueled by an addiction to money, drugs and violence. From war photographer Shaul Schwarz comes NARCO CULTURA, an explosive look at the drug cartels pop culture influence on both sides of the border as experienced by an LA narcocorrido singer reaming of stardom, and a Juarez crime-scene investigator on the front line of Mexico s Drug War.
Deleted Scenes; In Spanish and English with English and Spanish Subtitles
A hybrid of hard investigative journalism and incisive cultural criticism . . . --VillageVoice.com
. . . excellent . . . a movingly artful film . . . --Indiewire
. . . a quietly subversive masterpiece --Roger Ebert.com
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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.
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. He's a part of the group that's creating this "Narco Cultura" where they want Mexicans to love the music about drug dealers killing the cops and shooting people with AK-47's.
What he stands for is despicable and this movie is certainly sad to watch, yet morbidly fascinating. The pacing is good, the cinematography is excellent, the content is gripping, and you may feel your world unexpectedly expanded after watching this.
I highly recommend this movie if you can stomach the violence and depression it may inflict upon you.
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.