JUAREZ VIVE (50' & 65')
GENRE: DOCUMENTARY / REPORTAGE
DIRECTED BY JAVIER MANZANO
Motivated to take over one of the most lucrative trade
routes into the United States & Canada, the Sinaloa
Cartel- one of Mexico?s oldest and most powerful drug
cartels - moved in to challenge the Juarez Cartel head
on in the city of Ciudad Juarez in early 2008. The
Sinaloa Cartel has attempted to topple de Juarez Cartel
by launching an open war on the streets of Juarez.
Whoever controls this supply line will have full access
to the multi-million dollar drug market that is the
The results are horrific: thousands of young lives have
been lost, most of them between the ages of 16 to 25
(which make up most of the foot soldiers employed by
these criminal groups). By the time you get to the end
of this text, another Mexican will be killed by a bullet
made in the U.S. while at the same time a hipster in New
York will snort a line of cocaine imported through
Mexico. Policemen & women are ambushed and killed in
broad daylight and politicians and journalist who are
considered trouble-makers are similarly threatened. The
result is a city living in constant fear for themselves
and their children. In Juarez Vive we hear the stories
of residents of Juarez, both civilians and police, who
are affected by the conflict.
The arsenal of weapons, which continues to be smuggled
into the country from the United States and South
America, has produced over 42,000 deaths in recent
Money laundering- which funds the operation of these
criminal groups - remains largely intact. Estimates by
some Mexican government officials point out that only 1%
of all illegal drugs have been targeted.
Director Javier Manzano spent a year in Juarez
documenting the war. Bravely, he followed journalists
and police to areas where shoot outs took place often
being one of the first to arrive. His use of still
photographs throughout the film at the scene to capture
the raw emotion of the tragedy having just taken place.
Manzano also portrays the issue as a continent-wide
problem and not just an issue affecting Mexicans. The
citizens of Juarez are literally crying out for order.
Each state in the Republic has a different story to
tell. This is the story of Ciudad Juarez.
About the Filmmaker
Javier Manzano is a photojournalist and filmmaker based
in Kabul, Afghanistan. Born in Mexico, Manzano moved
with his family to the US at the age of 18. To a large
extent, Manzano's work has focused on the many
cross-border issues that bind these two nations together
- as estranged neighbors, vital partners and at times
feeble associates. His career started in the newspaper
industry and later expanded into television and
electronic media. He works as an independent filmmaker
and documentary photographer.
His latest long-form project in Afghanistan - The
Forgotten Victims - is a compilations of stories of loss
and survival through interviews and testimonies of the
victims themselves. He will base himself out of Kabul
for the foreseeable future.
For more info: http://www.documentaryfilmproductions.com/cine.html