Jan 16, 2012

Portraying the Drug War: Gerardo Naranjo’s ‘Miss Bala’ Reflects Mexican Drug War

Review of the Oscar-nominated Mexican film about the effects of the drug war on the Mexican psyche. It also discusses other Mexican films about or reflecting the devastation of the drug war.

NYTimes.com: "The (mood of the) new Mexican film “Miss Bala,” ... is a reflection of the national mood as Mexico enters the sixth year of the government’s frontal assault on drug traffickers. Estimates put the death toll around 50,000 since 2006, and the murders pile up relentlessly. What feeds despair here more than the daily violence, though, is the suspicion that nobody in charge has the ability, the will or the integrity to defeat the criminals and the corruption that supports them. The anxiety that anyone can become a victim guides “Miss Bala.” " read more

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