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Director of Oscar-nominated doc ‘Cartel Land’ details dramatic production

by FilmWeek

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Director/Producer Matthew Heineman attends a dinner hosted by Jake Gyllenhaal and John Lesher to honor "Cartel Land." Noam Galai

From Oscar-winning producer Kathryn Bigelow comes “Cartel Land,” director Matthew Heineman’s documentary film about the Mexican drug war and vigilantes on both sides of the US-Mexican border.

The film focuses on militiaman Tim “Nailer” Foley, the leader of Arizona Border Recon, and Dr. José Mireles, a Michoacán-based medical doctor who doubles as the head of the Autodefensas.

A dramatic and surprising story, the film is a must-see for everyone trying to understand the risky business of vigilantism.


Matthew Heineman, Oscar-nominated director of “Cartel Land.” He tweets from @MattHeineman

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