July 17 - 30, 2015
SIFF Cinema Uptown | Ends Thursday!
One of the most riveting and critically acclaimed films of the year, this stunning documentary looks at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy – the murderous Mexican drug cartels. Produced by Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker).
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.
With jaw-dropping cinematography, filmmaker Matthew Heineman embeds himself in the heart of darkness for a chilling, visceral meditation on the breakdown of order and the blurry line between good and evil.
"The drugs war south of the border, and its impact in the U.S, has been a popular one in film in recent years, from Traffic through "Breaking Bad," but few have captured the complexities and horrors as well as Matthew Heineman’s film." - Indiewire, The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 So Far
- Director: Matthew Heineman
- Country: USA, Mexico
- Year: 2015
- Running Time: 98 minutes
- Website: Official Film Website
- Awards: Sundance 2015 (US Documentary Directing Award, Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography)
- Language: English, Spanish
- Has Subtitles: Yes