Expected to Attend: Director Matthew Heineman (11/15), Editor Matthew Hamachek and Co-Cinematographer Matt Porwoll (11/19)

Unwilling to become a victim of Mexico’s notorious drug cartels, a small-town physician organizes a grassroots civilian defense force to combat the danger and instability they’ve wrought. On the other side of the border, a veteran fearful that the violence will cross into America sets up his own paramilitary group. Director Matthew Heineman embeds himself within both vigilante organizations’ ranks to chronicle a war of fascinating, shifting morality. Courtesy of A&E IndieFilms and The Orchard.

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Director: Matthew Heineman
Producer: Matthew Heineman, Tom Yellin
Cinematographer: Matthew Heineman, Matt Porwoll
Music: H. Scott Salinas, Jackson Greenberg
Running Time: 100
Language: English, Spanish
Country: USA
Year: 2015