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Charlie Minn Film Tackles Juarez Violence

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Former New Mexico sportscaster’s documentary ‘8 Murders a Day’ premieres Feb. 18.

Filmmaker Charlie Minn, once a wild-eyed, spiky-haired sportscaster on Albuquerque’s KRQE News 13, has come up with a new documentary film, following up on the 2009 release of “Nightmare in Las Cruces,” a report on the still-unsolved 1990 bowling-alley massacre (see item below) with a look at the drug cartel violence in Juarez titled “8 Murders a Day,” the Deming Headlight reported.

The 90-minute film, which combines interviews, clips and firsthand accounts, is set to debut in Deming, Las Cruces and El Paso on Friday, Feb. 18, and will have its first showing in Arizona in Tempe and Tucson the following Friday, Feb. 25, according to the movie’s website.

Minn told the Headlight he hopes the perspectives and documentation of violence in Juarez will inspire people to “get our border back,” noting that there were 3,100 murders in the border city last year and has recorded more than 216 homicides so far this year.

“As a filmmaker, we dig into our personal experiences. Me personally, without being specific, I’ve been the victim of a lot of unfairness. My films try to stand up for people, like in the bowling massacre,” Minn told the Headlight. “The degree of unfairness in Juarez is incomprehensible; it’s hard to put into words. This film is devoted to the innocent Mexicans who have lost their lives in what I feel is the greatest human rights disaster in the world.”


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Minn began filming began last fall after researching the topic since 2009, and he said his team worked with “brisk efficiency” to get the film together, the Headlight said.

The Albuquerque Journal’s Joline Gutierrez Krueger interviewed Minn in 2009 while he was in New Mexico filming “Nightmare in Las Cruces.”