For Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, there is no music more popular today than narcocorridos. These bloodthirsty and explicit odes to the exploits of narco traffickers and drug lords of Mexico openly glorify violence, narcotics and money. Like gangsta rap in the nineties, “Narco” is a movement threatening to burst into the mainstream. Featuring powerful footage from the front lines of the drug wars and performances from some of the hottest Narcocorrido artists (including El Komander and Buknas de Culiacan) NARCO CULTURA takes viewers behind the scenes of the most explosive and violent music subculture in America. Director Shaul Schwarz stops by to talk about where our two countries are in dealing with this emerging social and political phenomenon.
“’Narco Cultura” shows us two nations locked in an expensive and destructive war whose only winners are the politicians, police chiefs and drug lords, and whose losers lie in marble tombs and paupers’ graves all over Mexico.” – Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com
“A potent encapsulation of how fame and finance beget fear and grief. – William Goss, Film.com
“The people in this documentary are beautiful, funny, flawed, desperate, intelligent, deluded… In other words, it never forgets that these are questions for all of us.” Steven Boone, RogerEbert.com