Cartel Land

Synopsis: A physician in Michoacán, Mexico leads a citizen uprising against the drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Across the U.S. border, a veteran heads a paramilitary group working to prevent Mexico's drug wars from entering U.S. territory.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Matthew Heineman
Production: The Orchard
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 35 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

I believe that everybody

has a purpose,

All roads lead to one spot

and this is where I am now.

I left home when I was 15,

I was tired

of the physical and mental,

Emotional, whatever you want to

call the abuse by my father.

So I tried to drown out the

feelings and everything out

With alcohol and drugs.

I tried meth for a year or so,

Couldn't even control myself.

And one day I stopped at a bar

And had a few too many.

And I was passing this semi,

and somebody was coming head on.

And I got in front of the semi

and started sliding sideways,

And I remember looking up at him and

he just threw his hands up and said,

"can't do anything, sorry."

The truck rolled six times

and I climbed out

Looked down and there was my wallet

and the pictures of my two kids,

And so I said,

"okay, I got it."

So 18 years ago

I quit everything.

Realized that I needed

to deal with, uh, my issues.

And so, I dealt with them.

Once I got cleaned up

I was working construction,

But back in late

'08 when the economy started falling apart

I lost my job overnight,

I lost my house,

I had to sell everything.

I hit the road for a year,

year and a half,

But everywhere I went there was illegals

working on every construction job.

A lot of them are doing

work under the table,

They're not paying taxes,

they're sucking into the system.

So I said, "well I got to

Try to help and do

something about this."

So that's how arizona border

recon came in existence.

I took the last of my savings,

came down to the border.

Lived in my truck for the first

two months in the mountains.

I would drive the roads,

find the trails,

And apprehend illegals

coming out of that area.

but once I learned how the

cartels pretty much controlled,

Both the human smuggling

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