The film was 13 years in the making. The original key interview contained information that was dangerous at the time. After the years passed so many of the players had been murdered that it was finally time to release the film.
When worlds collide we are able to stare into the human soul. Turbulent currents flow between Mexico and the United States. The river of cocaine and other drugs defies man-made laws and flow amidst a sea of demand for mind-bending moments into altered states for which there is an unending back channel of cash. The quick score of the drug trade along our southern border is set amidst the poverty of Mexico to create the greatest confused set of values ever known. Death lurks around every corner as millions of people wait for an opportunity to take their slice of the pie.
Staying alive is quite a challenge for an American born Mexican Federale who must balance every deed and measure every word as he navigates all of the conflicting agendas. The cash from drugs funds it all. Everything is sacred and nothing is taboo but knowing when, where and with whom to cut your deals is the key to survival. Lobo is American by birth but Mexican in his heart. His journey gives us a glimpse into the well funded world of the War On Drugs where the Drug Cartels are every bit as organized and sophisticated as the Governments that turn a blind eye one minute and take a hard line the next.
Every ebb and flow of cash and drugs creates new millionaires built on the blood of the innocent. The tide creates billionaires built through a network of smuggling, bribes, extortion, and torture. In this world the theory of how it all works gives way to the reality of how it really works and Lobo is our tour guide… what makes us hate him one day gives way to the reality that the values he compromises today help him stay alive to work toward a greater good tomorrow. Lobo is the conquistador that helps spread the wealth to the poor while angling to take down powerful drug lords that have become too vicious.
AMERICAN FEDERALE is the life story of a real American Federale that navigated these currents sometimes to within a heartbeat of his life, Lobo survived being tortured by the Mexican Military, his fellow Federales, and 22 gun battles with the Mexican Cartels. He is one of three agents that caught Drug Lord Pablo Acosta in a cross fire that ended his life and the other two agents are dead.
American Federale takes us behind the scenes in border Mexico where life constantly hangs in the balance. We all assume we know about life there. Lobo, American by birth, gives us a first hand account of his time as a Mexican Federale.
The home of Drug Lord Pablo Acosta now stands broken down and dilapidated but it was once a vibrant compound complete with armed guards protecting the cartel.
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