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Exclusive: Meet The Ghost In Clip From Acclaimed Documentary 'Narco Cultura'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 11, 2013 at 10:21AM

One only has to look at the enduring popularity and influence of Brian De Palma's "Scarface" to see just how pervasive drug culture has become in the mainstream (and no surprise, there is a remake brewing). Only a few months ago, we saw millions tune in to see the fate of chemistry teacher turned meth overlord Walter White on "Breaking Bad," and across TV, movies, music, books and more, dealers and kingpins remain vital subject matter. But as always, the truth is stranger than fiction.
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Narco Cultura

One only has to look at the enduring popularity and influence of Brian De Palma's "Scarface" to see just how pervasive drug culture has become in the mainstream (and no surprise, there is a remake brewing). Only a few months ago, we saw millions tune in to see the fate of chemistry teacher turned meth overlord Walter White on "Breaking Bad," and across TV, movies, music, books and more, dealers and kingpins remain vital subject matter. But as always, the truth is stranger than fiction.

The acclaimed documentary "Narco Cultura" finds filmmaker Shaul Schwarz exploring the rise of “narcocorridos,” songs by Mexican and Latin American musicians that popularize the murderous and dangerous dealers, portraying them as outlaws and heroes. Often commissioned by the gangsters themselves, these tunes have been popular on both sides of the border, and it's a world Schwarz knows well, having documented the violence in Juarez as a photographer. In this exclusive clip, we see one enterprising musician pitch and sell his song to some folks who are likely not on the right side of the law.

It's a fascinating subject, and after debuting at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, "Narco Cultura" arrives in theaters on November 22nd. Watch below and be sure to read our review.

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