Odessa Brings in New Documentary Film Surrounding Juarez's Bloody Drug War

By Jen Kastner
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- Documentary filmmaker Charlie Minn is back in the Basin and ready to show audiences his third film surrounding the bloody drug war taking place in the border city of Juárez, Mexico.

On Tuesday, Minn showed clips of A New Juárez to students at the University of Texas Permian Basin. It is his final installment in his trilogy surrounding the city's drug war. It brought student and mother Cassandra Prieto to tears.

"I wouldn't want [any of] that to happen to my baby. Those kids don't understand anything that's going on," Prieto said.

"It's pathetic that this violence is not discussed more. It is pathetic that nothing is being done about all the murders in Mexico," Minn said.

Minn says although Juárez's murder rate has recently dropped, it is still a violent part of the country.

"More than 95% of these murders are not investigated. It's a true human rights disaster and nobody is talking about it. Nothing is being done about it," Minn said.

The Basin is no stranger to cartel violence. In February of 2012, the Drug Enforcement Administration, along with other law enforcement agencies, took down a major trafficking operation in Midland-Odessa. It had direct ties to the Juárez cartel.

This third film explores the reason's why there may be some hope for Juárez on the horizon, although the city is still far from being back on its feet.

"A lot of people have been traumatized. A lot of people have been hurt. It's going to be a slow recovery," Minn said.

On Wednesday night, you can catch a sneak peak of the film starting at 9 p.m. at UTPB's Student Activity Center. The film officially opens on Friday at the Hollywood Theaters in the Music City Mall.