Violent drug cartels have wreaked havoc on local Mexican communities for decades. And when the authorities are unable to provide basic safety for the citizens, is there any other option than to take the law into your own hands? In Michoacán, local physician El Doctor leads a civilian uprising against the Knights Templar drug cartel. And in Altar Valley, Arizona, an American veteran heads a paramilitary group fighting to keep the cartels from seeping across the border. Dangerous and provocative, CARTEL LAND provides a unique look at the Mexican drug wars.
CARTEL LAND opens the Checkpoints programme on Thursday September 24th.
Matthew Heineman (USA). Filmography: ESCAPE FIRE (2012), OUR TIME (2009)