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During their chat, Heineman revealed some of the specific challenges of shooting in an active conflict zone, something that Heineman said he felt compelled to do after making more passive documentaries in the past. In addition to the practical difficulties, Heineman said that he was surprised by the ways the characters in his film defied his expectations, explaining that the cartel conflict is even more complicated than he knew.
"Cartel Land" is expected to be a major awards contender. Check out the full IDA highlights.
On Scaring His Parents
Why Mexico Feels Like the Wild West
On Keeping His Characters Complex
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