With producer Todd Hagopian.
Directed by Shaul Schwarz
Cinematography by Shaul Schwarz
Editing by Bryan Chang, Jay Arthur Sterrenberg
Music by Jeremy Turner
Running time: 103 minutes
To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco-traffickers have become iconic outlaws – new models of fame and success. They represent a pathway out of the ghetto, a new American dream fueled by the war on drugs. Narco Cultura looks at this explosive phenomenon from within, exposing cycles of addiction to the money, drugs, and violence rapidly gaining strength on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Directed by an award-winning photographer and filmmaker, Shaul Schwarz, Narco Cultura captures the devastation wreaked by drug cartels. A new, hugely successful phenomenon has risen from the bloodshed, making superstars out of musicians whose music portrays the traffickers as glamorous outlaws.
With stunning imagery, Narco Cultura follows these musicians in performance and interacting with gangers wanting to be immortalized with their own theme tunes. Focusing on a narco-corridos singer in El Paso, Texas and a crime scene investigator in neighboring Ciudad Juarez, the film vividly portrays both the allure and the human cost of the war on drugs.
Schwarz’s exceptional film screened in competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Hot Docs, and Fantastic Fest.