Filmmaker Charlie Minn raises Mexican drug violence awareness with documentary
YUMA, Ariz. (KSWT News 13) - Filmmaker Charlie Minn, who captured the violence of Mexico's drug war, visited Yuma to raise awareness on what he calls a humanitarian failure.
The documentary "The New Juarez" gives an in-depth look at a city that once averaged ten murders per day.
His documentary is educational, which is why he is presenting it to college students in Yuma at Arizona Western College.
Although the images in the documentary may at times be gruesome, they are a harsh reality of what is really happening to victims caught in the crossfire of Mexico's violent drug war.
More than 50 students showed up for a sneak preview of Minn's "The New Juarez."
They followed the screening with a discussion session.
The documentary focuses on the city of Juarez, the ruthless drug cartels, the murder rate in Mexico and the victims.
Minn says his goal is to give voice to innocent people caught in the middle of this violence.
"It's unbelievable when you look at the numbers, I cant quite grasp 120,000 slaughtered Mexicans during this drug war," Minn tells KSWT News 13.
"I don't know if people can really understand that number. When you consider Syria's had 60,000 dead and all we've been hearing for the last two years is the Syria tragedy… try doubling that for Mexico."
You can catch the documentary at Harkins Theatre in Yuma beginning Friday, January 25. It will run there for at least a week.
Minn tells us a portion of the proceeds will benefit the victims and their families in Juarez, Mexico.
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