What would you do if you lived in the middle of a war zone?

I love a good documentary, and Cartel Land is one of the best documentaries that I’ve ever seen. Seriously. What director Matthew Heineman was able to catch on film is amazing, but he was also able to put it all together in a format that is just stunning — the man really knows how to tell a story. (He won the International Documentary Association’s Courage Under Fire Award last week.)

As a chronic pain patient and an American, I’ve seen a different part of the drug war than those who live not too far away from me in Mexico. This movie illustrates why people from Mexico risk their lives to cross our borders — they are refugees caught in the middle of America’s drug war, just like the refugees crossing European borders are escaping wars in the Middle East. When America makes war, everybody loses.


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