Jun 17, 2011

Drug Culture: Mexico Drug Lords Live On in Narco-Graveyard

From InSight: Organized Crime in the Americas

Mexico Drug Lords Live On in Narco-Graveyard: "An elaborate cemetery in northwest Mexico, subject of a new documentary film, points to the ways drug lords continue to display their power and influence, even after death.

The Jardines del Humaya cemetery is the resting place for some of the once-powerful members of the Sinaloa Cartel, in state capital Culiacan. The site is known for its elaborate mausoleums, decorated with ivory and gold, some equipped with electricity, telephone lines and stereo systems.

A new documentary, titled 'El Velador' (The Watchman), recently screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May, observed the comings and goings at the cemetery for nearly a year. The film is among three Mexican movies shown at Cannes this year which address issues of drug violence and trafficking in the country."

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