The Private Archives of Pablo Escobar | Chicago Reader

The Private Archives of Pablo Escobar

The title of this 2003 video is misleading: though it profiles the slain drug lord who founded the Medellin cartel, the only “private archival” materials are a handful of family photos and home movies, none of them terribly interesting. Drawing heavily on video interviews with Escobar's mother, siblings, and former lieutenants, director Marc de Beaufort paints an unconvincing portrait of a philanthropist and political reformer with a regrettable sideline in cocaine smuggling; the sanitized content clashes with the narrative style, which mimics true-crime TV like American Justice. In Spanish with subtitles. 70 min.

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