In 2007, there were 320 homicides in Juarez, Mexico. But just three years later, more than 3,000 people were murdered in the city. A new documentary called Narco Cultura looks at the drug trade that dominates the city and is at the root of the violence. Today in the Big Screen, we look at the way the film shows how death has become a part of cultural life in Juarez, particularly with the rise of the narco carrido in music.
As one music promoter says in the film, “Deep down at heart, el corrido … we’re talking about an anti-system rebellion that’s making a hero out of somebody that operates outside of the law. Honestly, I think the sky is the limit – I think we can be the next hip-hop.”
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