Film & Video
Narco-Mania! And Other Parodies of the War on Drugs, Films by Greg “Gringoyo” Berger
Alwan for the Arts
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New York, NY 10004
Filmmaker, journalist, and self-proclaimed “recovering documentary filmmaker” Greg Berger (known in Mexico as “Gringoyo”) has spent the last three years making satirical comedies about the Mexican War on Drugs. In the process, he has also documented the rise of the largest mass movement against the Drug War since Richard Nixon’s 1971 declaration. Disgusted by the absurdity of the War on Drugs, Berger stopped making documentary films for television and started making short satires distributed online through the website Narco News.
In the past, Gringoyo has created outlandish characters based on absurd “gringo” stereotypes in Latin America to highlight wrong-headed U.S. policies and attitudes in the region. In Narco-Mania, he lampoons the flawed logic of the Drug War by “unmasking” an international conspiracy to break up Mexico’s biggest Drug Cartel by arranging a marriage between the gang’s leader and Yoko Ono, set to the beat of Spanish–language covers of The Beatles.