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Dramatic, inspiring 'El Poeta' targets Mexico's War on Drugs

Dramatic, inspiring 'El Poeta' targets Mexico's War on Drugs

Other countries' problems come to us like poor radio signals — emerging from the static when something exceptionally sensational occurs and then sinking back into the white noise of bad business as usual. So it is with Mexico's 9-year-old War on Drugs, marked from the ascension of former President Felipe Calderón; that it is also a front of our own War on Drugs is one point made in "El Poeta," an affecting documentary by Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega that looks at the civic and civil effects of that war on the Mexican people through the prism of poet turned activist Javier Sicilia. The film premieres Friday on PBS. In 2011, five years into the...

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