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“Narcos” and the War on Drugs

By: Bethany Winkel August 28, 2015 no comments

“Narcos” and the War on Drugs

2385B88A00000578-0-image-11_1417000484506A new drama has been added to the Netflix lineup, and it is expected to both entertain and educate. Called “Narcos,” the show tells the story of Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar, and the DEA’s efforts to stop him. The show is set in the 1980s, and traces both the drug cartel’s cocaine trafficking, and the actions of those who dedicated their careers to stop it.

Director Jose Padilha said in an interview that the show blurs the lines between good and bad, reflecting the real life conflict that was the war on drugs. “We’re not doing a movie where … the bad guy is the guy who produces drugs and the superhero is whomever represents the American government, and the victim is the guy consuming drugs,” Padilha said. “We didn’t do this at all for the simple fact that this is not even close to what the reality is.”

Learn more about the show, which airs today, here.

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