Film highlights Juarez violence

Film highlights Juarez violence
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POSTED: Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 9:40pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 3:08pm

They have been trying times for Juarez residents dealing with the on-going drug war, but that violence is becoming less and less according to a local filmmaker.

Charlie Minn has been documenting the violence across the border since 2010.

"This is an emotional war," said Charlie Minn. "It's claimed over 10,000 people in Juarez and over 60,000 in the country.

Minn said he hopes his first two films make people in the United States realize thousands of lives have been lost due to the on-going drug war.

"I do feel this is the greatest human rights disaster in the world today," Minn said.

Minn is in the process of releasing his third and final film on Juarez.

He said "The New Juarez" documentary highlights the progress being made in putting a stop to the killings.

Since it's peak at 8 murders a day in 2010, the city now averages one murder a day.

"It's important to examine why the cause of the violence is down because once we pinpoint that, the Juarez officials should exhaust those reasons," Minn said.
 

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Mexico's gruesome civil war is clearly a product of the failed policy of Prohibition.

Alcohol prohibition was a tremendous failure due to the incredible amount of crime and disorder it created. Human nature hasn't changed since the 1920s and early 30s. Then, the distribution of liquor was turned over to a whole new group of criminal entrepreneurs. Now, due to the drug war, dangerous mind altering substances are again being manufactured, smuggled and sold by criminals.

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