El Chapo's Prison Escape Represents Yet Another Failure of the Mexican Government

The trailer for 'Cartel Land'

The escape of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the head of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, from Mexico's highest security prison is a vivid symbol of the continuing saga of government failure and tragedy for the Mexican people.

I saw this failure and this tragedy first hand when shooting my documentary Cartel Land (which VICE is helping to distribute) in the Mexican state of Michoacán. I was embedded on and off for nine months with the...


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