This July, VICE will partner with The Orchard to promote the release of Cartel Land—a Sundance Award–winning documentary about two vigilante groups and their shared enemy, the drug cartels who wreak havoc on their towns. Director Matthew Heineman and executive producer Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero DarkThirty) got a visceral, on-the-ground look at an uprising in the Mexican state of Michoacán that is fighting off the violent Knights Templar cartel and an Arizona veteran who is leading a small paramilitary group to make sure Mexico's drug wars don't seep across the border.
The documentary provides a window into the ways people have come together to maintain justice after larger institutions have crumbled and left them behind. Heineman received both the 2015 Sundance Directing Award as well as the Special Jury Award for Cinematography in the US Documentary competition, and we are proud to help get the film the notice it deserves. Watch the trailer above.
Cartel Land will be in theaters in July 2015. Follow on Facebook and at their website for updates.