In the Mexican state of Michoacán, small-town physician Dr. Jose Mireles, aka "El Doctor," leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Meanwhile, in Arizona's Altar Valley - a narrow, 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley - American veteran Tim "Nailer" Foley heads a small paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon, whose goal is to stop Mexico's drug wars from seeping across our border. The filmmaker embeds himself in the heart of darkness as these two men and the cartel each vie to bring their own brand of justice to a society where institutions have failed.


Matthew Heineman