Miss Bala (2011)

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Miss Bala: Directed by Gerardo Naranjo. With Stephanie Sigman, Juan Carlos Galván, Noé Hernández, Irene Azuela. After entering a beauty contest in Tijuana, a young woman witnesses drug-related murders and is forced to do the gang’s bidding.

“The story of a young woman (Stephanie Sigman) clinging on to her dream to become a beauty contest queen in a Mexico dominated by organized crime.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eLiving in Wisconsin, I know precious little about the Mexican border. But I have written articles on foreign policy and how Americau0026#39;s decisions have affected the gangs of Mexico. This film showcases some of that, focusing on the darkest possible angle.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eActress Stephanie Sigman is incredible, having to be a very visual actress in this film: we see her silently cringing or running from gunfire more than she speaks. But I think that this may be harder than just delivering dialogue: her character is kidnapped by gangsters, forced to commit criminal acts, constantly being faced with the possibility of death.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eWhile the gangsters here are ruthless, and rightfully so, there was a political point being made that did not escape me: the presence of DEA agents in Mexico. Whether or not you support the war on drugs, there is good reason to question how American police can patrol the streets of Mexico. Do Mexican federales drive around El Paso? I think not. Their presence does not justify the violence from the gangs, but it does raise the question of why a foreign power is facing a domestic problem.”

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