The Two Escobars
Pablo Escobar was Colombia’s biggest mafia boss – having risen from poverty to number seven on Forbes’ list of the world’s richest men. His namesake Andrés Escobar – “The Gentleman of Football” was the captain of the national team –qualifying for the World Cup with more expectations than ever. The country united around the national team, but at the same time the authorities were hunting “el Patrón” Pablo – who killed judges and referees, but built houses and football pitches for the poor.
Jeff Zimbalist is best known for FAVELA RISING (2005), which gave him 36 awards and theatrical release on five continents. He collaborated with his brother Michael to do THE TWO ESCOBARS, which has been called one of the best sports documentaries of all times. He has long experience making documentaries for quality channels such as HBO and BBC. His films are often screened at prestigious museums. In addition to this, he makes films for The World Bank, The Ford Foundation and does projects on most contintents.
Michael Zimbalist is Jeff’s brother. They run the production company All Rise together. Their segment of The Addiction Project, a documentary series on drug abuse, is being screened at HBO over again. The brothers are prolific, and their current projects include a 3D film on the carnival in Rio de Janeiro, a documentary on the working poor, and a feature film on Colombia’s first Peace Community.