Skip to main content
The Cartel Project film image

Canadian Premiere

Keynote Speaker: Jules Giraudat, Director, The Cartel Project


On April 28, 2012, the journalist Regina Martínez was strangled to death in her home. Since then, 64 reporters have been killed in Mexico, making the country the most dangerous place in the world for the press. The documentary follows the reporters from 25 international media outlets that come together to shed light on this murder, reveal the human cost of drug cartels and their political and business connections around the world. Filmed like a journalistic thriller with exclusive access to the backstage of the investigation, the documentary follows the reporters in real-time, as they travel to the territories controlled by cartels to reveal the rampant impunity for drug traffickers and complicity of political leaders in the global drug trade. From the cemeteries of Veracruz, known as the ’tomb’ of journalists, to the heart of the United States, where lives have been shattered by fentanyl overdoses, The Cartel Project reveals the human cost of the new drug multinationals.


Jules Giraudat

Country of Origin





In Spanish, French, and English with English subtitles

70 min

Book Tickets

Thursday February 23

1:30 pm
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
Book Now



Laurent Richard


Raoul Seigneur, Jules Giraudat, Mathias Denizo, Christophe Astruc, Rammohan Pateriya, Arthur Bouvart

You Might Also Like

KDocsFF 2023: DƏNE YI'INJETL: The Scattering of Man + Wochiigii lo: End of the Peace
DƏNE YI'INJETL + Wochiigii lo film collage

KDocsFF 2023: DƏNE YI'INJETL: The Scattering of Man + Wochiigii lo: End of the Peace

A double feature with DƏNE YI'INJETL: The Scattering of Man or how some corporations have violently disrupted the lives and lands of Indigenous people, and Wochiigii lo: End of the Peace, an essential viewing and a timeless reminder that one should never trust a politician in a hard hat.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

KDocsFF 2023: The Territory

Occupying the lush Amazon rainforest in what is now the Brazilian state of Rondônia, the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau people have lived in balance with the world for millennia. When the tribe made first contact with outsiders in the early 1980s, disease quickly decimated their numbers.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

KDocsFF 2023: Love in the Time of Fentanyl

When the opioid crisis in BC escalated to the heights of a public emergency in 2016, OPS set up a tent in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Love in the Time of Fentanyl witnesses the exhausting but essential work required to keep the site running.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

KDocsFF 2023: Navalny

In August 2020, Alexei Navalny was poisoned and could only be rescued within inches of his life. The film follows Putin's opponent while he tries to find the perpetrators. A must-see film about a charismatic leader, who is presently detained in a penal colony.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre