VERSO presents: Cartel Land
TICKETS £3 ADV (CLICK HERE) / £5 ON DOOR
Presented in association with Dogwoof to mark the publication of The Story of Vicente, Who Murdered His Mother, His Father, and His Sister: Life and Death in Juárez.
With unprecedented access, CARTEL LAND is a harrowing 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.
Filmmaker Matthew Heineman embeds himself in the heart of darkness as Nailer, El Doctor, and the cartel each vie to bring their own brand of justice to a society where institutions have failed. CARTEL LAND is a chilling meditation on the breakdown of order and the blurry line between good and evil.
This screening is co-hosted by Verso Books and Dogwoof, the films UK Distributor, at the Horse Hospital, London. Advance tickets will be £3, and £5 on the door. You can buy your ticket here.
Following the film there will be a short discussion with Sandra Rodríguez Nieto - an award-winning Mexican journalist, specialising in the violence in Juárez, and author of The Story of Vicente, Who Murdered His Mother, His Father, and His Sister: Life and Death in Juárez.
Cartel Land is a film by Matthew Heineman. Executive produced by Kathryn Bigelow. Distributed in the UK by Dogwoof. More information here.