PORTAGE PARK - A controversial independent film made about the arrest of an infamous drug king from Mexico will finally find the big screen in the Chicago area.
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was arrested in 2014 and the documentary about his arrest will be shown at the Patio Theatre in Portage Park starting Friday.
The filmmaker says he fought to bring his project to Chicago because this is where El Chapo Guzman’s drug cartel thrives.
Arrested in February of 2014, El Chapo was taken down by an army of Mexican authorities with the help of U.S. intelligence.
El Chapo was underground and protected for years, and some are questioning whether it was really him that was arrested?
It’s exactly what filmmaker Charlie Minn explores in his independent film “Es El Chapo.”
“A lot of people believe this was to make the current (Mexico’s) President Enrique look good,” Minn said. “I think another reason could be to quiet the United States, because the United States they have been looking for this man for many, many years.”
Minn’s film is airing in about 20 other cities, many where El Chapo had been indicted in federal U.S. district courts.
The film was supposed to be on the big screen in Chicago three weeks ago at the Regal City North Theatre but Regal cancelled the showings.
“They first said it was a security issue and then they said it was not a security issue,” Minn said. “They said that the movie was pulled in fear of violence, when they made the whole thing up.”
Minn then worked to get this film showcased somewhere else in Chicago.
“The mean streets of Chicago, where there a lot of drug related deaths- and a lot of that people believe come from Chapo’s cartel Sinaloa. … There has to be a reason he was declared public enemy number one in Chicago two years ago.”
Finally the Patio Theatre stepped-up and are preparing to show this film for a week, beginning with a 7 p.m. showing on Good Friday.
Right now, “Es El Chapo” is set to run through Thursday of next week.
Tickets are $10 dollars.