With and AK-47 and a bazooka on my shoulder/
cross my path and I’ll chop your head off/
We’re bloodthirsty, and crazy and we like to kill.
That’s just one example of a classic “Narco Corrida,” a music genre originating in Mexico that focuses on the exploits of drug lords. The songs openly glorify the violence and excessive lifestyle led by cartel members.
Photojournalist turned documentary filmmaker Shaul Schwarz takes this insight into the drug culture one step further with his film “Narco Cultura.” The doc, two years in the making, delves into the drug war in a way that no previous filmmaker has been able to. It depicts the narco corridos in relation to the real violence that has terrorized Ciudad Juárez for years.
“There’s been a lot of films and stuff written about this conflict, but it’s all been talking heads and experts in D.C. and Mexico City, and I, coming from a photojournalist perspective, I really wanted to take the viewer into the heart of it and make them feel what it feels like,” Schwarz told Huffpost Live on Thursday.
The film was a part of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival and will be in theatres across the country on December 6th.
Check out Shaul Schwarz’s interview with HuffPost Live in the video above.