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Cartel Land


In this Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary, director Matthew Heineman and executive producer Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”, “Zero Dark Thirty”) gain unprecedented, on-the-ground access to the riveting stories of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy – the murderous Mexican drug cartels.


  • Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times' Critics Pick
  • Aleksandr Gorbachev, Newsweek
    "ONE OF THE BEST DOCUMENTARIES OF THE YEAR! Feels like Breaking Bad in real life.”
  • Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
    "Grade: A. Remarkable."
  • Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
    "Delivers the narrative propulsion and satisfaction of a first-rate fiction thriller"
  • David Lewis, SF Chronicle
    "Jaw dropping. Nothing short of spectacular."
  • Video Librarian
    "Filmmaker Matthew Heineman’s compelling Oscar-nominated documentary centers on recent battles between drug cartels and two vigilante groups along the Arizona/Mexico border"

Festival Participation

  • Sundance Film Festival
    (Winner) Best Director, Special Grand Jury Prize for Cinematography
  • Gotham Independent Film Awards
    (Nominee) Best Documentary
  • International Documentary Association
    (Winner) Courage Under Fire Award
  • Cinema Eye Honors
    (Nominated) Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction Filmmaking / Musical Score
  • Critics Choice Awards
    (Nominee) Best Documentary
  • British Academy of Film and Television Arts
    Nominee) Best Documentary
  • DGA Award
    (Winner) Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
  • Academy Award
    (Nominee) Best Documentary Feature
  • True/False Film Festival
  • Martha's Vineyard Film Festival
  • Ashland Independent Film Festival
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
  • Dallas International Film Festival
  • Tribeca Film Festival
  • Docville, Belgium
  • Sheffield International Film Festival
  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival
  • AFI Docs
  • Champs Elysee Film Festival
  • Sydney Film Festival

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