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Jun 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Kingdom of Shadows

NYC Premiere. With Bernardo Ruiz & Katia Maguire.

Kingdom of Shadows, Bernardo Ruiz, 2015, 74 minutes

Bernardo Ruiz takes an unflinching look at the hard choices and destructive consequences of the U.S.-Mexico “drug war,” weaving together the stories of a U.S. drug enforcement agent on the border, an activist nun in violence- scarred Monterrey, Mexico, and a former Texas smuggler, to reveal the human side of an often misunderstood conflict that has resulted in a growing human-rights crisis that only recently has made international headlines.

Presented by Participant Media in association with Boiling Pot and Quiet Pictures.

“Many documentaries have chronicled the drug war in the U.S. and Mexico, but few have humanized it as poignantly as Kingdom of Shadows… [It] is more observant than crusading…rooted in first-rate journalism.” — Slackerwood | March 21, 2015

“‘Kingdom of Shadows’, produced through Participant, stands out for its measured look at deep structure.” — IDA | March 27, 2015

South by Southwest, March 2015, World Premiere

Full Frame Documentary Festival, April 2015

Ambulante, April 28-29, 2015, Mexico Special Preview

Amnesty International Mexico, May 7, 2015, Mexico Special Preview


Image courtesy Bryan De La Garza.
Image courtesy Bryan De La Garza.
bernardoruizBernardo Ruiz is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His directorial feature debut, “Reportero” (POV, 2013) about attacks on the press in Mexico, was nominated for a 2014 News and Documentary Emmy® Award and premiered at Full Frame (U.S.), IDFA (Europe) and Ambulante (Mexico). Ruiz founded Quiet Pictures, a New York-based production company, in 2007. Through Quiet, he Executive-Produced the two part bilingual PBS series, “The Graduates/Los Graduados” for PBS’s Independent Lens. He is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in film and was awarded the Rockefeller Bellagio residency.
Katia Maguire is a partner and producer at Quiet Pictures, where she recently produced Kingdom of Shadows for Participant Media and the bilingual series The Graduates/Los Graduados for PBS’ Independent Lens.  Katia’s forthcoming projects include directing and producing Jessica Gonzales vs. the United States of America, a documentary that examines an influential Supreme Court case about the effectiveness of restraining orders in domestic violence cases.  The project has received funding from Latino Public Broadcasting and ITVS, and the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant.



Pamela Yates with HatPamela Yates is a Co-founder and Creative Director of Skylight, a company dedicated to creating feature length documentary films and digital media tools that advance awareness of human rights and the quest for justice by implementing multi-year outreach campaigns designed to engage, educate and activate social change. She is the Director of the Sundance Special Jury award winning When the Mountains Tremble; the Executive Producer of the Academy Award winning Witness to War; and the Director of State of Fear: The Truth About Terrorism, which has been translated into 47 languages and broadcast in 154 countries. Her film Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, for which she was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship, was used as key forensic evidence in the Ríos Montt genocide trial in Guatemala. She is currently working on “500 Years”, the third in the Guatemalan trilogy. 


Jun 12, 2015
7:30 pm

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