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Video: Documentary Tracks Filmmakers’ Hunt for the Drug Lord “El Chapo”


Two filmmakers travel through the inner circles of the Sinaloa Cartel in search of one of the world's most wanted criminals. "Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty" opens today.

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A new documentary, Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty, documents the ambitious efforts of two filmmakers to track down Joaquín Guzmán Loera, aka “El Chapo” or “Shorty,” who was one of the most wanted drug traffickers in the world. Though US and Mexican forces managed to finally captured Guzmán earlier this year before the filmmakers could get to him, their journey through his inner circle seems worth a watch.

The film, which opens in theaters today, begins with directors Angus Macqueen and Guillermo Galdos accompanying a drug distributor through the South Side of Chicago, where El Chapo distributed much of his goods. They then travel to Mexico, where they speak with subjects including a retired general involved in a 1993 arrest of Guzmán, and a retired cartel boss. They even end up on a lunch date with El Chapo’s mother.

Guzmán’s operation, the Sinaloa Cartel, is now responsible for trafficking an estimated 25% of illegal drugs that enter the US. The $1 billion he earned in the process has landed him a spot on Forbes’ list of most powerful people in the world for the past four years.

Formerly one of the world’s most wanted criminals, he managed to elude arrest for 13 years before he was finally caught this past February. But the two filmmakers actually get astonishingly close. As a bonus, they recruited songwriter Jackson Scott to compose folk songs in English and Spanish narrating the drug lord’s history. Check out the trailer: