Phil Cooper - London Camera Operator and Film Maker

M A T T H E W H E I N E M A N | Cartel Land

When I heard someone had finally made a documentary on the effective civil war going on in Mexico at the moment around drug trafficking, or narcotráfico, I was pretty excited. The filmmaker Matthew Heineman focuses the story on vigilante groups either side of the border, one fighting gangs on the front line in the state Michoacán, Mexico, and the other in nestled in rural Arizona, awaiting any smugglers attempting to make their way over. Overall it’s a pretty fascinating look at this very current bit of culture. It’s shot beautifully, more film-like than traditional documentary, and if anything is a little over-Americanised in it’s approach (British opinion), but well worth a watch nonetheless.