NARCO CULTURA Opens Los Angeles and Orange County on December 6


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Cinedigm will open NARCO CULTURA, an explosive documentary shot and directed by Shaul Schwarz, on Friday, December 6 at Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles and Playhouse in Pasadena; AMC’s South Bay Galleria 16 in Redondo Beach and Orange 30 in Orange County; Regency’s Commerce 14 in Commerce and Plant 16 in Van Nuys; Regal's South Gate Stadium in South Gate and LA Live in Los Angeles; Pacific's Winnetka Stadium 21 in Winnetka; and the Bianchi Theatres in Paramount. The film opened in New York and Miami on November 22 and will continue to roll out nationally.

Despite the soaring rate of cartel-related murders in Mexico, narco-traffickers represent the ultimate models of fame and success to a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas. A hugely popular new phenomenon has emerged from the bloodshed, making stars out of musicians whose “narcocorridas” portray the traffickers as glamorous outlaws. Filmmaker Shaul Schwarz spent years as a photographer documenting the drug violence in Juárez, Mexico. As he follows these musicians through their performances and their commissions by gangsters wanting to be immortalized with their own theme songs, he also explores the most devastating aspects of the drug wars—the death and destruction. The personal stories of an LA-based narcocorrido singer and a crime scene investigator on the murderous streets of Juárez further illuminate this disturbingly glorified conflict.

NARCO CULTURApremiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was featured in the 2013 Berlin and Los Angeles Latino film festivals, as well as Hot Docs and Fantastic Fest.

“An eye-opening examination of Mexico’s blood-soaked drug war and its unsettling pop-culture side effects, ‘Narco Cultura’ is as overwhelming as it is absorbing.” – Geoff Berkshire, Variety

This is a powerful, angry, stomach-pummelling documentary that leaves us to draw our own conclusions.” – Lee Marshall, Screen International

“The breadth of director Shaul Schwarz's documentary ‘Narco Cultura’ is staggering. A hybrid of hard investigative journalism and incisive cultural criticism, the film at its core is about definitions of success and power, and how today those terms are shaped by the shared forces of poverty and celebrity culture.” – Ernest Hardy, Village Voice/LA Weekly