Narco Cultura

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To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco-traffickers have become iconic outlaws and the new models of fame and success. They represent a pathway out of the ghetto, nurturing a new American dream fueled by the war on drugs. Narco Cultura looks at this explosive phenomenon from within, exposing cycles of addiction to money, drugs, and violence that are rapidly gaining strength on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Artfully constructed with striking cinematography and masterful editing, Narco Cultura manages to capture the horrific devastation wreaked by the drug cartels, offering an explosive look at their pop culture influence on both sides of the border as experienced by an LA narco-corrido singer dreaming of stardom and a Juarez crime scene investigator on the front line of Mexico’s Drug War. Photographer/filmmaker Shaul Schwarz has crafted a dazzling, yet harrowing, examination of the viral effect of the violence that has reshaped the face of a country and created an entire subculture that celebrates corruption. (Dir. by Shaul Schwarz, 2013, USA/Mexico, in Spanish with English subtitles, 103 mins., Rated R, Cinedigm) Digital