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The filmmaker behind the spellbinding, Sundance award-winning documentary out in theaters this month tells KPFK host Joshua Scheer about the moral confusion that prevails in border towns where vigilantes struggle against the violence of drug cartels and the rule of law has vanished.

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In the next step of the continuing battle between the Mexican government and the country's powerful drug cartels, 5,500 police and military personnel are being sent to the state of Michoacan, where recent drug-related violence has killed 20 government security agents.

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Twenty-seven politicians in the western Mexican state of Michoacan were arrested by police in the largest operation to target mayors and other officials in Mexico's drug war. The politicians are suspected of collaborating with the state's powerful narco-syndicates.

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