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Shaul Schwarz: "Narco Cultura"

Ciudad Juarez, just across the U.S.-Mexico border from El Paso, Texas, is a city so rife with drug cartel violence that investigators at crime scenes wear masks to hide their identity. A new documentary called "Narco Cultura" follows an investigator who continues his work despite the fact that three of his colleagues were murdered in a matter of months. The film also explores the phenomenon of "narcocorridos," a wildly popular Mexican style of music celebrating the violence and wealth of the narco lifestyle. We speak with director Shaul Schwarz about his experience as a photojournalist and filmmaker in Mexico.

Narco Cultura, In Photos

All images permission of and credit Shaul Schwarz.

Narco Cultura, In Music

"Narco Cultura" Official Trailer

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