A novel approach to the violence of the drug war and its legacies in Latin America. A story of how decent people struggle to get by in a world corrupted by cartels.
About the Filmmakers
Monica Villamizar is a Colombian-American filmmaker and TV correspondent. She directed and produced the documentary “Transition” about an Australian journalist who embeds with the Taliban while undergoing gender transition. The film Premiered at Tribeca 2023 and Sheffield Documentary Festival 2023. She was a producer on the Nat Geo documentary “The First Wave” directed by Matthew Heineman, about New York’s biggest Covid-19 Hospital, which won the 2022 EMMY for Best Documentary. Monica also produced the Showtime series The Trade (Season Two) on Human Trafficking and Immigration, which premiered at The Sundance 2020 Film Festival, and was recently nominated for 4 EMMYs including best documentary. As a journalist she has won 2 EMMYS and has traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Mali, Congo DRC, Mexico, El Salvador and Haiti and other countries, at times filming directly on the front lines. Monica has covered the drug wars in Colombia and Mexico, gaining exclusive access to cartels and smugglers. She covered the Arab spring, the war against ISIS in Iraq and the advance of jihadism in West Africa. In September 2019 she reported on an experimental Ebola vaccine and was a subject of the trial led by Dr Anthony Fauci. She covered the Ebola outbreak of Eastern Congo DRC until her team and WHO doctors came under attack by rebel militias.
Toby Muse is a British-American filmmaker, author and war correspondent. He filmed and produced Transition (which premiered at Tribeca 2023). He wrote Kilo: Inside the Deadliest Cocaine Cartels, a book based on his unprecedented access to Colombia’s drug cartels. He has filmed on the front-lines of the wars in Iraq, Syria and Colombia. His work has appeared on National Geographic, The NY Times, The Guardian, CNN, the BBC and many more outlets.
Alejandro Suverza is a Mexican producer and director. He co-produced the Oscar Nominated documentary “Cartel Land", and the Showtime series "The Trade". He has covered the main social conflicts of Mexico including the armed uprising of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, where he got an exclusive interview with Commander Marcos. Suverza also covered hurricanes Wilma and Katrina in the southern United States, and the shipwreck of Mexican fishermen who were found in the Marshall Islands. His work has appeared on National Geographic, Showtime, PBS, CGTN and Vice, among others.