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Screening: Cartel Land


The Sundance award-winning 2015 documentary “Cartel Land” will make its San Antonio premiere on Saturday, July 18 at the Guadalupe Theater at 7pm. The film is executive produced by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker,” “Zero Dark Thirty”).

With unprecedented access, “Cartel Land” is a riveting, on-the-ground 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, visceral meditation on the breakdown of order and the blurry line between good and evil.

Known for its annual CineFestival, the longest running Latino film festival in the U.S., the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is hoping to bringing more films like “Cartel Land” to its theater year round.

“It’s an honor to be the first theater in San Antonio to screen ‘Cartel Land’ for the community,” said Guadalupe executive director Jerry Ruiz. “These are the types of culturally relevant films we want the Guadalupe to feature throughout the year. We look forward to working with more major studios in the future and to facilitate important screenings like this one.”

“Cartel Land” will have its official release in San Antonio July 24 at the Santikos Bijou Theater. See the film’s trailer at The film is unrated, but is for mature audiences. It contains extreme violence, language and drugs.

Free and open to the public. Screening is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Guadalupe Theater seats 300 patrons.