"Cartel Land" Documentary Tells the Story of Vigilante Border Justice

April 21, 2015 3:04 PM

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Near the border between Arizona and Mexico live two men, one a 55-year-old American and the other a Mexican of the same age. Each one has embarked on a vigilante mission to protect his family and his country from violent drug cartels—the common enemy that both feel their governments have left them to fight on their own.

Matthew Heineman’s award-winning documentary Cartel Land begins and ends in a meth lab. Between those bookends, the film immerses viewers in a world of shoot-outs and torture, scenes so dark that even Heineman says he couldn’t have imagined them when he set out to make the film. They were “vivid pla...

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