“MIDNIGHT IN JUAREZ” / RED BULL DOCUMENTARY
When I got the assignment to go cover a nightclub in Juarez, immediately every media saturated image of bodies slumped at the steering wheel, decapitated limbs, and coroners covering up bullet riddled bodies flooded my imagination. I didn’t want to go, I thought Juarez was still a shooting gallery. But after long discussions and research, I came to find out the ultra violence that plagued the city had come to pass. The decrease in violence wasn’t organic either, but attributed to a focused collaborative effort between the US government and infamous Sinaloa drug cartel, as well as with the Mexican government forces, which long story short helped the city of Juarez become a one-cartel city. But this documentary isn’t about the cartels, but about a city healing in the years after a 5-year wave of violence that averaged 5.8 murders a day. That is fucking insane. During that violent wave which had Juarez nicknamed the murder capital of the world, an electronic nightclub remained open during the warfare and stray bullets, and remained a safe haven for kids looking to escape and just party. When we rolled into Juarez, the images were familiar. The city isn’t well off by any means, but there were signs of progress and city improvement. But when I met the people of Juarez, that’s when it all clicked. They are a warm people who just want to dispel the terrible reputation their city has, which ultimately reflects on them. What came of this encounter is the documentary you’re about to watch. Please hit CC to enable English subtitles.