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  1. mrsolearyscow
    LAS VEGAS - Filmmaker Charlie Minn knows "8 Murders a Day" is not your typical blockbuster hit starring A-List celebrities.

    "You're not going to see George Clooney or Brad Pitt in this movie. This is an independent film from the heart that I put my life on the line for," he said.

    The film chronicles the drug war erupting in the Mexican border town of Juarez. Lives in Juarez are being lost daily. The bloodshed is brutal as two drug cartels fight a troubling and terrifying turf war.


    "I'm just amazed by the body count. It's truly a human rights crisis. We're talking about six to eight dead Mexican people lying in the street every night with a hole in their head. This is every single day," Minn said.

    Juarez lies across the U.S.-Mexico border from El Paso, Texas. No matter how you count and compare the Juarez death toll, it's disturbing.

    "Last year, there were more murders in Juarez than the 9/11 attacks," Minn said. "We have 43,000 dead since Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared war on the cartels. That would be like selling out Sam Boyd Stadium."

    Minn says blame for the wave of violence goes around, starting with drug users. Dangerous weapons and cash routinely enter Mexico to meet demand for drugs.

    "Anyone who takes an illegal drug right now in the United States - that could be in exchange, indirectly, to a baby getting slaughtered in Mexico," Minn said.

    He also blames the White House for the catastrophic situation.

    "They should be thoroughly embarrassed by their lack of attention and support (for) the innocent Mexican people," he said.

    "8 Murders a Day" highlights what Minn calls the greatest human rights disaster in the world today with no apparent end in sight.

    The film makes its Las Vegas debut at Regal Village Square Stadium 18 Friday, December 30.

    The theater is located at Sahara Avenue and Fort Apache Road. The documentary will run for one week and may run longer depending on public support.

    Source: http://www.8newsnow.com/story/16367068/documentary-chronicles-mexican-drug-war

Comments

  1. Mindless
    In War on Drugs- Report of the Global Commission on Drug Policy (June 2011) the commissioners recommend that governments:

    "Focus repressive actions on violent criminal organizations, but do so in ways
    that undermine their power and reach while prioritizing the reduction of violence and intimidation. Law enforcement efforts should focus not on reducing drug markets per se but rather on reducing their harms to individuals, communities and national security.
    "

    The war on drugs and the prohibition of drugs is taking a terrible toll in Mexico, something has to change. The US and Mexican governments must act responsibly, and review this terrible policy. It would be helpful if we write to our legislators wherever we live, asking them what their opinion is on the report of the Global Commission. The document can be found here as a pdf:

    http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/local_links.php?action=jump&catid=105&id=11200
  2. Guttz
    Really really looking forward to this release. Hopefully it'll open some peoples eyes to the problem we're facing with this ridiculous war that wages on for no reason what so ever. Attempting to stop the unstoppable, fighting the wind as I'd put it.

    But does anyone here have any info on the film that Richards Branson son is currently working on? He was hoping it would make as big of an impact on the War on drugs as An Inconvenient truth brought up the discussion about global warming. I think if we'd get two major releases on the subject in the near future we could hopefully get the public on our side and things might be changed.

    [Conspiracy theory incoming!] I don't have any grounds for saying that this is the truth. But over all, it has seemed to me that the US always have to be in war. Be it in WW1, WW2, Vietnam, Iraq, War on drugs and so forth. The war on drugs has given them an enormous authority to go into nations for the sake of destroying drug crops and so forth. I don't see any nation flying over the US spraying the tobacco acres because it's killing to many citizens in Colombia, Afghanistan or what ever nation we're talking about in that perspective.[Conspiracy mode out]

    Over all, I'd just like to know the reasoning behind the War on drugs. It's clearly not about public health, it's clearly not to minimize drug abuse as we've seen in portugal and Holland. So what is the purpose here? What is it that they are trying to achieve through all of this?
  3. runnerupbeautyqueen
    Really? This is wrong on so many levels. :facepalm:
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