To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco-traffickers have become iconic outlaws, glorified by musicians who praise their new models of fame and success. They represent a pathway out of the ghetto, nurturing a new American dream fueled by an addiction to money, drugs, and violence. From war photographer Shaul Schwarz comes NARCO CULTURA, an explosive look at the drug cartels’ pop culture influence on both sides of the border as experienced by an LA narcocorrido singer dreaming of stardom and a Juarez crime scene investigator on the front line of Mexico’s Drug War.
- Shaul Schwarz
- Run Time
- 1 hour 42 minutes
An eye-opening examination of Mexico's blood-soaked drug war and its unsettling pop-culture side effects, Narco Cultura is as overwhelming as it is absorbing.Geoff Berkshire, Variety, 12.06.2013
This dispassionate but devastating film looks at the drug wars from two very different but chillingly complementary perspectives.Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 12.05.2013
"Narco Cultura" shows us two nations locked in an expensive and destructive war whose only winners are the politicians, police chiefs and drug lords, and whose losers lie in marble tombs and paupers' graves all over Mexico.Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 11.25.2013
The breadth of director Shaul Schwarz's documentary Narco Cultura is staggering.Ernest Hardy, Village Voice, 11.19.2013