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Cartel Land (True/False @ the Moxie)

  • Director: Matthew Heineman
  • Genre(s): Action, Drama, War, Documentary
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 100 min.

This film is part of our True/False film series @ the Moxie. A $25 “passport” gets you into all five movies in the series.

Every year at the True/False Film Festival ( we see more great documentaries than we are able to show here at the Moxie…well we finally got tired of that. So we’re showcasing five of our favorites from the 2015 festival that otherwise weren’t going to get a run.

With the gracious assistance of the good folks at T/F, we hope to create a little semblance of the magic they specialize in up there in Columbia, MO. A few of the Monday night screening will have Q&As with directors (via Skype). If you just want to see the movie, check out he Sunday screenings.

Summary: In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as “El Doctor,” leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Meanwhile, in Arizona’s Altar Valley – a narrow, 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley – Tim “Nailer” Foley, an American veteran, heads a small paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon, whose goal is to stop Mexico’s drug wars from seeping across our border

True/False @ the Moxie Series

Oct. 4 & 5: Finders Keepers

Oct. 11 & 12: How To Change the World

Oct. 18 & 19: Something Better to Come

Oct. 25 & 26: Cartel Land

Nov. 1 & 2: The Look of Silence

"Heineman, in placing himself in such danger, has managed to create a remarkable and distinctive film that takes on a difficult issue that cannot be so conveniently remedied or ignored."
- Katie Walsh, The Playlist
"A jaw-dropping documentary about two vigilante groups, on opposite sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, trying to stave off Mexican drug cartels."
- David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"There are scenes here unlike anything you've seen. Timely, thoughtful and supremely well-constructed, we'd be stunned if this isn't the doc to beat on Oscar night."
- Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"One of the year's most important documentaries ..."
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture