Must Watch: First Trailer for Incredible Documentary 'Cartel Land'

June 3, 2015
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Cartel Land

"I believe what I am doing is good, and what I am standing up against is evil." The Orchard has unveiled the first official trailer for the documentary Cartel Land, one of the best documentaries this year, hands down. This first premiered at Sundance and has played at numerous festivals all over the world, and is getting quite a bit of acclaim because it's a hell of a film. Cartel Land documents two stories, one from each side of the border, in the increasingly violent struggle between cartels and peaceful people on the US-Mexico border. You may think you've seen and heard all this already, but the footage in Cartel Land is incredible, and he presents a devastatingly dire looking at the situation. And that's why this documentary must be seen.

Here's the first trailer for Matthew Heineman's documentary Cartel Land, found via The Film Stage:

Cartel Land Poster

Matthew Heineman's Cartel Land is a classic western set in the 21st century, pitting vigilantes on both sides of the border against the vicious Mexican drug cartels. With unprecedented access, this character-driven film provokes deep questions about lawlessness, the breakdown of order, and whether it is just for citizens to take up arms to fight violence with violence. Cartel Land is directed by Matthew Heineman, who embedded himself with these people to get this incredible footage. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Documentary Directing Award plus a Special Jury Award for Cinematography. The Orchard will release Cartel Land in select US theaters starting July 3rd this summer. It is a must see doc.

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Real intriguing. How you're able to pull off a documentary like this and not have casualties or serious injuries is beyond me.

Nick Sears on Jun 3, 2015


The cartels want fame so they don't hurt the film makers. But in those fire fights, I have no idea how they don't get hurt. I guess "The Big Man" just wants us to see this.

DAVIDPD on Jun 3, 2015


Wow, I've been holding out that some director would tackle this ripe-for-telling subject matter in the fictional realm (Sin Nombre was a great start) but a documentary sounds even more powerful. Can't wait.

cuckoozey on Jun 3, 2015


My favorite film about the war on drugs is Traffic. Seeing it for real like this will definitely be something else.

David Diaz on Jun 4, 2015


Great documentary.

Н.И. + on Jun 3, 2015


One of my biggest pet peeves about documentaries are the one-sided approach docs. This seems to be a bit more even-handed, with the subject matter being extremely intriguing and dangerous. I would LOVE to see a documentary about the making of this documentary! LOL

RAW_D on Jun 3, 2015


I know they probably couldn't afford the licensing, but this would kick ass if it was cut with Kanye West's "Jesus Walks".

DAVIDPD on Jun 3, 2015


After watching this you think of Kanye West? Really, that trailer failed you in every way.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Jun 3, 2015


Sorry mate, my mind is always racing in different directions. I appreciated the trailer, but there was another part of my brain that was thinking about the scoring.

DAVIDPD on Jun 3, 2015


I agree with DAVIDP, that song always stirs up some emotions, and matched with this trailer I think it would have taken it to another level. I still got chills watching this though.

Fatal Error on Jun 5, 2015


Looks depressing, without a system in place to give the people involved something else to do, this will go on forever, no amount of guns or prisons will change this. Will watch for sure.

Carpola on Jun 3, 2015


Deep stuff. Surely an eye-opener of a film.

Rock n Rollllll on Jun 4, 2015


Wow. This looks great. Always love a good doc.

IamSlave on Jun 4, 2015


If you'd like to learn more about Arizona Border Recon, the volunteer group featured in the movie and their mission follow the link below.

Deepsea5150 on Jun 5, 2015


Why go all the way to Syria to fight, when we have a war going on in our own backyards. Instead of vigilantes patrolling the US - Mexico border trying to prevent immigrants from gaining access, they should be hunting down cartel members like the brave souls defending their homes in Michoacan.

Fatal Error on Jun 5, 2015


I don't think the Mexican gov't is going to allow US citizens acting as vigilantes to come into their country and wage a war against the cartels. At most, the US border needs to be secured, and monitored from within and if we can help fight the war against cartels in Mexico, so be it.

backwardsprogress on Jun 5, 2015


Looks intense.

Bibowski on Jun 9, 2015


I want to see this documentary.

Biglittlejoe on Jun 30, 2015

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