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Cartel Land – Adelaide Film Festival


Mon 19 Oct 2015, 4:45pm
Sun 25 Oct 2015, 4:45pm

Where: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, 3 Cinema Pl, Adelaide CBD, South Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Standard Session Industry: $17.00
  • Standard Session Adult: $19.00
  • Standard Session Conession: $15.00
  • Standard Session TREv: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Drug cartels have reshaped Mexican society and put enormous strain on the border with its northern neighbour. One result has been the rise of vigilante groups on both sides of the border. This absorbingly intense documentary interweaves a story of two groups: the Autodefensas of Michoan and a border defence militia in Arizona as both set out to face down the cartels for very different reasons.

Matthew Heineman makes no quick judgements and is at pains to bring out the simple truth that there are no easy solutions as the gangsters, the governments and the militias merge into each other in a dance of death.

The judges at Sundance, who awarded this film put it best: The risks a documentarian with a camera faces are physical, emotional and ethical. The cinematographers navigated all, allowing us to care deeply about people, while creating images that propel us through a landscape of nightmares.