Dark Suns (Soleil Noirs)
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Julien Elie’s harrowing, honourable and timely documentary strives to give voice to the victims of Mexico’s drug cartels. Presented in austere monochrome, Dark Suns paints a picture of a lawless state where the murders of women, journalists and students are excused or unpunished. Suggesting cross-border collusion with the USA in a number of cases, Elie draws on testimony from investigators, families of the dead, priests, lawyers and activists who are bravely pursuing truth and justice despite putting their own lives at risk. Impressive in its depth and diligence, Dark Suns is a too-rare example of investigative documentary filmmaking of the highest order. MH