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Cartel Land

With unprecedented access, CARTEL LAND is a riveting, on-the-ground look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border, and their shared enemy – the murderous Mexican drug cartels.

Director: Matthew Heineman
Year: 2015
Time: 100 min

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Find out how to get involved, and educate yourself up on the legislation behind the violence at the Drug Policy Alliance – an organization actively working to reform U.S. drug policy. 

Get another perspective on life in Mexico and the long and perilous journey many economic migrants make to the United States, by watching WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? (2013), featuring Gael García Bernal.

Support Students for Liberty that are actively campaigning to make a positive impact in the U.S. War on Drugs. 

Find out what causes the violence and bloodshed in the Mexican Drug War. Learn more about Stop the Drug War believe that drug reforms and legalization should be explored. 

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Interview With Filmmaker

“Matthew Heineman’s documentary “Cartel Land” plays, at least at first, like a cowboy movie writ large and made profound by the town bandit: a vicious and violent drug making and smuggling cartel. But this story has two would-be heroes on opposite sides of the U.S.-Mexico border: Tim “Nailer Foley,” an American veteran-turned-paramilitary who heads the Arizona Border Recon and Dr. Jose Mireles, head of the Autodefensas, a guerilla-vigilante anti-cartel group in Michoacán, Mexico.”

Read the interview on Indie Wire.

Desert Hawks

“A former U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran, dressed in camouflage, scans Mexican radio traffic as he sits beneath a mesquite tree in the moonlight in southern Arizona about a mile north of the border with Mexico.”

Find out more here.

The Doctor Versus the Drug Cartels

Read the full article on The Telegraph.

Made In Mexico

Overall 85% of meth in the US is produced in Mexican and Californian labs, but in Texas over 90% of the meth comes from Mexico.

While meth initially creates an intense surge of pleasure for the user,  prolonged use of even low levels of meth can damage up to 50% of the dopamine-producing cells in the brain, which over time makes it impossible to feel pleasure.

Visit the National Geographic for more fact and photos.


Listen to our playlist with music from the film on Spotify.

Why We Need To End the War On Drugs

“Is the War on Drugs doing more harm than good? In a bold talk, drug policy reformist Ethan Nadelmann makes an impassioned plea to end the “backward, heartless, disastrous” movement to stamp out the drug trade. He gives two big reasons we should focus on intelligent regulation instead.”

Watch the video on TED.

Five Ways to End the Drug War; Start by Decriminalizing Drug Use

Find out more on The Huffington Post.

Arizona’s High Desert: Where Border Politics Become a Harsh, Almost Sinister Experience

“Gary Thrasher has found migrants on his roof, in his truck, in the shower in his barn. They leave a trail of backpacks and water bottles by the mesquite tree on his land, three miles from the Mexican border.”

Read the full article here.

America Loves a Vigilante – Until We Meet One

“Of the countless stories we tell ourselves, the American myth of the solitary enforcer of justice may be the most tenacious, beloved and — as the story of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin has so grievously demonstrated — distorting.”

Continue reading on The Washington Post.


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