The Late Movies: Drug Lords, Death Squads and the Last Man in ANWR
A few months ago, I posted some mini-documentaries made by the fine people at VBS, the video-makin' arm of Vice Magazine. Their "Vice Guide to Travel" included trips to such sought-after destinations as North Korea, Chernobyl and the black market gun shops of Pakistan. Well, there's a lot more death-defying fun where that came from! Ever seen a stalagmite made from poop? An interview with an ex-cannibal warlord? View on! (Unless lots of swearing and microscope-close looks at upsetting social topics are a problem for ya.)
Sewers of Bogota
It's all fun and games until the death squad shows up. No, really -- VBS sends Thomas Morton, AKA Baby Balls, to check out street kid subculture in Bogota, which has been driven underground, literally, by right-wing "cleansing squads" and cops who shoot and burn them with seeming immunity. Scary and eye-opening.
The Vice Guide to Liberia
Did you know that Liberia is the scariest place on Earth? Well, after decades of civil war, America's only experiment with African colonialism definitely isn't the happiest.
Heimo's Arctic Refuge
In 1980, Jimmy Carter established the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the Alaskan Interior, cutting off 19 million acres of prime boreal wilderness from the mitts of fur trappers, oil tycoons, and would-be lodge owners alike. Only six families of white settlers were grandfathered in and allowed to keep cabins in the refuge—of them, only one still stays there year-round living off the land. His name is Heimo Korth, and he is basically the Omega Man of America's Final Frontier.
The Vice Guide to Film: Mexican Narco Cinema
What's the most popular kind of movie in Mexico? Not Hollywood blockbusters -- going to the theater is too expensive for most Mexicans. Instead, direct-to-video stories about the never-ending battles between drug runners and cops are wildly popular. It's called Narco Cinema, and rather than just rent a couple of tapes and tell us about them, Vice actually went down to Tijuana, talked to the luminaries of the genre, and even got involved in a movie shoot.
Columbian Devil's Breath
The Vice team searches for the true story of Scopolamine, aka Devil's Breath, thought to be one of the world's most dangerous drugs, and native to the forests of Columbia. Featuring wacky drug dealers and some very sad stories.