Cartel Land, released in 2015 by Matthew Heineman, captures the movement of citizen resistance in response to Mexican drug cartel crime. The documentary’s central figures are a Mexican self-defense group called the Autodefensas and a paramilitary group called the Arizona Border Recon. The film tells a story about the complex morality of the drug war.
Pilot episodes typically begin with an “establishing shot” that immediately orients the viewer to the context within which events take place; here instead is a disorienting shot. (Fig.8) The man from the opening-credits sequence looks a bit baffled, sitting in a room looking at a status and the viewer shares his confusion – we don’t know who he is, where he is or what he’s doing there. His character remains initially unclear
As Gallo mentions “In a new 48-page federal indictment, U.S. Authorities charge El Chapo and his top lieutenant, Ismael “el mayo” Zambada, with ordering 12 killings and dozens of other acts of violence to promote the Sinaloa cartel’s criminal activities. The two drug kingpins ordered the killings of Mexican law enforcement agents, members of the military, public officials, and rival drug cartel leaders, the indictment alleges”
The war on drugs is a serious issue in today’s society. One of the main places that has to endure this is Mexico. All around Mexico’s states, there are constant drug wars among different powerful cartels and drug lords. Due to these organizations, there are many instances of violence and needless deaths. There are many different drug lords, and they have caused many issues throughout Mexico.
Over the last several decades, violence has consumed and transformed Mexico. Since the rise of dozens of Mexican cartels, the Mexican government has constantly been fighting an ongoing war with these criminal organizations. The cartel organizations have a primary purpose of managing and controlling illegal drug trafficking operations in Central America and South America to the United States. Violence on a massive and brutal scale has emerged due to the nature of the illegal drug trade. Because the drug trade is vastly widespread, cartels are often fighting one another and competing in business. Mexican authorities count at least 12 major cartels, but also talk of an untold numbers of smaller splinter groups. (Taipei Times). Five cartels
Once the television series, Narcos, was released on Netflix in 2015, it became an instant sensation in the United States. This series highlights the life of the most notorious drug lord of all time, Pablo Escobar. The audience sees his rise to power, influence in Latin America, and ruthless demeanor through the eyes of DEA agent, Steve Murphy (played by Boyd Holbrook). Although Narcos is based on true events and characters, the producer, Chris Brancato, dramatizes some events and aspects of characters being portrayed. He exaggerates the corrupt, sex addicted, and violent stereotypes of Colombia and Latin Americans. Brancato, being a Latino himself, exaggerates these stereotypes in order to cater to his biggest audience, Anglo-Americans in the United States. Americans don’t necessarily care to see a more accurate representation of Latin America. Instead, they want to see the sexy, violent, and immoral world of the Colombians. Similar to how Americans wanted the buzz from the Colombian cocaine, they now want to vicariously get high on the drama of Latin America. The producers also are doing what the Narcos were doing; they are giving Americans what they want and expect, through popular stereotypes,
Drug cartels, in reality, are just as bad as they appear on film. Authorities estimate that between eighteen and thirty-nine billion dollars are brought in from drug sales to the United States each year (Keefe). It is also estimated that the war on drugs has caused over 50,000 deaths in Mexico alone since 2006 (Keefe). Deaths are often overlooked because they are not compiled by thousands at once, but gradually over a large area. Other illegal activity such as kidnapping and oil theft have came about from the cartel (Mexico’s Drug Trafficking Organizations: Source and Scope of the Violence). All three films, Miss Bala, Maria Full of Grace, and Traffic give similar accounts to the way the cartel takes people’s lives, only in different areas of the drug moving process.
The document then discusses how the administration will handle the cartels. The main policy will include strengthening federal law and “ensur(ing) that federal law informant agencies give a high priority and devote sufficient resource to efforts to identify, interdict, disrupt, and dismantle transnational criminal organizations…including through the investigation, apprehension, and prosecution of members.” Trump wants more federal agencies to share information and coordinate with other federal law enforcement in order to dismantle cartels. The people that would lead this combined effort are the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and Secretary of Homeland Security. The federal agencies that would help combat cartels include, the Organized
In this paper it was asked of us as a team to give an in-depth historical analysis of an organized crime group. With this class being about organized crime one would think to write about mobsters, but we decided to think outside the box. Even though when thinking of organized crime the first thought is The Italian Mafia and groups of that sort, one has to remember that organized crime comes in many different forms of organizations. From this class we were able to understand more on organized crime and who can be classified as an organized crime organization. Organizations that one would never really think of as having ties to organized crime may have some
The pilot opens with a teaser that takes place in a different time-period with the older protagonist. It’s not a teaser that grabs the attention of the audience. Consider opening with the explosion. Then make it clear to the audience so that they understand that the people who are killed are Osage Indians. Don’t show the perpetrators. Allow the agents to uncover their identities one-by-one to add more anticipation, suspense, and tension.
The tone is consistently light-hearted. Good visual and physical comedy is used, as well as some fun dialogue. There are solid themes about grieving, healing, learning to survive on one’s own, and respect.
As the pilot continues, there are some good plotlines, but there’s simply not enough anticipation, suspense, tension, and/or romance. The pilot relies a bit too much on dialogue.
According to the United States Census Bureau, about 14% of the population lives in poverty. African Americans make up the majority of the population that suffer from poverty, the rate is 24.1%. The second highest percentage is made up of the Hispanic population, at about 21.4%. There is no doubt that the majority of the population living in poverty is made up of minorities. “Whites” make up only about 9.1% of the population. Being poor is caused because of the criminal justice system failing to acknowledge the lack of equality within the system. The book argues that the only ones that are being punished are the “poor and dangerous”.
Drug cartels have grown and expanded throughout the interior and exterior of states for many years. The way drugs started to be introduced to Mexico, Colombia, and other places around the world was believed to be a myth. It was a tale that was known by many through storytelling, which over the years turned into an actual realistic issue. One of the most known cartels that existed for a long time was The Medellin Cartel. It became a subculture of its own, creating a world full of violence, women, money, firearms, death but most importantly power and fear. Located in Colombia this brutal subculture will show how they become one of the wealthiest subculture in the world surpassing even its own country’s riches.