Shaul Schwarz—Reportage by Getty Images
Photographer Shaul Schwarz (see his work on LightBox here and here) debuted his documentary Narco Cultura at Sundance — read a review of the film here on Indie Wire:
Israeli-born filmmaker Shaul Schwarz—an award-winning war photographer who started his photographic career in the Israeli Air Force and whose work has appeared in Time, National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine, GQ, and Newsweek among others—began documenting the cycles of violence in Juarez in 2008. Haunted by the imagery he captured in this chaotic and dangerous environment and disturbed by just how cheap the value of life appeared to be, the photojournalist knew he had to return to continue documenting these images of death, crime and violence.
Some four years in the making, while Schwarz’s feature-length documentary debut, “Narco Cultura" does chronicle the death and devastation drug trafficking has brought to Mexico as well as the bleak and depressing futility of the war on drugs, the film also angles itself on a disturbing and growing trend in the country: a pervasive acceptance that has calcified into idolatry known as narco cultura.
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