The Orchard has acquired North American theatrical and digital rights to Matthew Heineman’s “Cartel Land,” a Sundance world premiere that received the festival’s Directing Award for Matthew Heineman and Special Jury Award for Cinematography in U.S. Documentary Competition.
“Cartel Land” looks at two modern-day vigilante groups pitted against Mexican drug cartels. In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician leads a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel while in Arizona, a 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley, an American veteran leads a small paramilitary group who wants to stop Mexico’s drug wars from coming across our border.
The Orchard will release the film in theaters later this year.