Real Talkies

Real Talkies

Every cut is a lie. It’s never that way. Those two shots were never next to each other in time that way. But you’re telling a lie in order to tell the truth. –Wolf Koenig.

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February 20, 2011 , , ,

SYNOPSIS: Since January 2008, the Juarez drug cartel, led by Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, has been in a turf war against the Sinoloa drug cartel, led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. This war is for the coveted smuggling routes into the USA. The Americans demand for illegal drugs has led countless weapons and cash to enter into Mexico in exchange for these drugs. This documentary investigates the current situation in Juarez, which has now become the murder capital of the world because of this turf battle. In 2007, the city of Juarez averaged less than one murder per day. Today, it is over 8 murders a day and counting. Interviews with print and television journalists, acclaimed authors, and college professors help look into perhaps the greatest human-rights disaster in the world today, with no apparent end in sight. ( source: film website)


The film is directed by Charlie Minn a former sportscaster from New Mexico. The documentary links expert interviews with graphic footage for an unflinching gaze into the abyss. Street-level photos and video donated by local media outlets aim for the gut, while commentary from college  professors, borderland journalists and acclaimed authors boggle the mind. The film was made in 3 months and is very news story like. So, expect a lot of shock value, interviews, opinions and such. The film is being screened in El Paso till the 24th. Personally, I do not see the point in the film being screened in El Paso or Juarez. It needs to be seen by folks elsewhere to understand what people there are experiencing on a daily basis and how little is being done. For more information about the film visit its website.


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