8:30pm – Sunday, February 19 on ABC2
Sunday nights on ABC2 are the home of Sunday Best, an outstanding collection of game-changing and thought-provoking feature length documentaries. We’ve done the work to bring you the best must-see intelligent docos that are just 2 good to miss.
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The cocaine trade of the 70s and 80s had an indelible impact on contemporary Miami. Smugglers and distributors forever changed a once sleepy retirement community into one of the world’s most glamorous hot spots, the epicenter of a $20 billion annual business fed by Colombia’s Medellin cartel. By the early 80s, Miami’s tripled homicide rate had made it the murder capital of the country, for which a Time cover story dubbed the city ‘Paradise Lost’.
With Cocaine Cowboys, filmmaker Billy Corben – whose first feature Raw Deal: A Question Of Consent, caused a sensation at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival – paints a dazzling portrait of a cultural explosion that still echoes as Hollywood myth. Composer of the original ‘Miami Vice’ theme, Jan Hammer, provides the score.
“Bullets fly and dead bodies drop like whacked weeds in this startling documentary about the bad old days of the Miami drug trade.” MTV “A hyperventilating account of the blood-drenched Miami drug culture in the 1970′s and 80′s, the movie overflows with cops and coroners, snitches and smugglers, reporters and importers.” – New York Times