To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos, narco-traffickers have become iconic outlaws, glorified by ‘narco-corrido’ music which praises their new models of fame and success. They represent a pathway out of the ghetto, nurturing a new ‘American dream’ fueled by the thrills of money, drugs, and violence.
This week, Shelter Theater presents Narco Cultura, an explosive look at the drug cartels’ pop culture influence on both sides of the border as experienced by an LA narco-corrido singer dreaming of stardom and a Juarez crime scene investigator on the front line of Mexico’s drug war. The Washington Post says, “This haunting documentary contrasts songs saluting Mexican drug lords as heroic bandits with the harrowing reality of life in murder-stained Juarez.” We will have a discussion on how to deal with this glamorization of criminality after the documentary.
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