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Movie highlights reduced Juarez violence

EL PASO, Texas -- Filmmaker Charlie Minn is releasing his latest documentary-style movie. It looks at a recent and dramatic drop in murders in Juarez.

The murder rate is down ninety percent from two years ago, but it still hovers at around 40 murders a month...and all of it just a few hundred yards from the UTEP campus

Minn has some good news.

"I'm happy to report that more people are going back to Juarez as a result."

The murder rate is still very high, even for a city approaching two million people. Charlie calls it a war, and the images seem to confirm that.

"This is a very emotional war. It's depicted on film that way. I hope a peace movement can be started for Mexico. Just because in Juarez, the murder rate has gone down -- the rest of the country is suffering," said Minn.

I asked Minn if the violence could be reduced without corruption.

"Mexico has been known to be riddled with corruption, all forces of the police -- state federal, municipal politicians perhaps...your neighbor...we don't know who's who. Its one of the saddest stories in the world today."

One of the saddest stories -- and one of the reasons Charlie Minn traveled back to Mexico for a second film.

His first film set in Mexico, '8 Murders a Day' was released in 2011.

"I'm trying to give the victims a voice, I'm trying to give them help. They've been brutally cheated and they need a voice."

The movie premiers October 5 at the Mesilla Valley Mall in Las Cruces and in theaters across El Paso.

Minn will donate partial proceeds from the movie to victims of Juarez.


Sloan Patton joined KRWG in August 2012 as assistant news director.