|Edition:||Matthew Hamachek, Matthew Heineman, Bradley J. Ross, Pax Wassermann|
|Sound:||Andres Arias, Glenn Micallef, Peter Miller|
|Music:||H. Scott Salinas, Jackson Greenberg|
|Production:||A & E Indiefilms, Our Time Projects, Documentary Group|
|Producers:||Matthew Heineman, Tom Yellin|
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SPECIAL MENTION OF THE JURY
98' / 2015 / Mexico, United States of America
English and spanish subtitled
Audience vote 8
CARTEL LAND is a harrowing look at 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. Meanwhile, in Arizona's Altar Valley, Tim "Nailer" Foley, a US veteran, heads a paramilitary group - 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 where institutions have failed.
Sundance Film Festival 2015: Directing Award: U.S. Documentary, U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography
Matthew Heineman is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker based in New York. He directed and produced ESCAPE FIRE: THE FIGHT TO RESCUE AMERICAN HEALTHCARE premiering at Sundance 2012 winning several festival awards and previously collaborated with HBO on the Emmy-nominated series, The Alzheimer's Project.