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Giveaway: Win a Copy of Ioan Grillo’s ‘El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency’

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Enter our giveaway by November 30, 2012, for a chance to win an early holiday gift from POV! Ten lucky POV viewers will win a copy of Ioan Grillo’s El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency.

The world has watched stunned at the bloodshed in Mexico. Forty thousand murdered since 2006; police chiefs shot within hours of taking office; mass graves comparable to those of civil wars; car bombs shattering storefronts; headless corpses heaped in town squares. And it is all because a few Americans are getting high. Or is it part of a worldwide shadow economy that threatens Mexico’s democracy? The United States throws Black Hawk helicopters, DEA assistance, and lots of money at the problem. But in secret, Washington is at a loss. Who are these mysterious figures that threaten Mexico’s democracy? What is El Narco?

El Narco is not a gang; it is a movement and an industry drawing in hundreds of thousands, from bullet-riddled barrios to marijuana-covered mountains. The conflict spawned by El Narco has given rise to paramilitary death squads battling from Guatemala to the Texas border (and sometimes beyond). In this “propulsive… high-octane” book (Publishers Weekly), Ioan Grillo draws the first definitive portrait of Mexico’s cartels and how they have radically transformed in the past decade.

In our 25th season, POV shed light on the drug wars in Mexico with two documentaries which examine the situation from very different angles. Watch Natalia Almada’s El Velador streaming online now, and check out the trailer for Bernardo Ruiz’s Reportero which will be broadcast on January 7, 2013!

The entry period for this giveaway is now closed.

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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.