Monday, November 15, 7 pm                                                                                                               

Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University, Durham, NC


The Two Escobars

Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist. (Colombia/USA, 2010 ) 102 min.

When Colombia stepped into the sports spotlight, Pablo Escobar's Medellin Cartel was the focus of the U.S.' war on drugs. He was said to be the world's richest criminal and certainly was the most powerful man in Colombia. However bloody his rule, he was a savior to the poor, building housing in place of flimsy shacks and installing neighborhood soccer fields, where the stellar players of the 1994 team had first distinguished themselves and found escape from poverty. Soccer proved to be perfect for money laundering, and the tug-of-war between drug lords sometimes ended in a referee's murder. The murder at the center of this story involves Andres Escobar, beloved captain of Nacional. With his humble, soft-spoken demeanor and good looks, he was dubbed the Gentleman of the Field. His infamous "own goal" -- the blunder that scored for the other team and cost the favored Colombians their shot at the World Cup -- led to his death at age 27. But the Zimbalists show, too, the cause and effect between Andres' death and that of Pablo six months earlier. They build their case convincingly using real footage, especially of games, and in their present-day interviews with Andres' teammates, sister and fiancee as well as with Pablo's relatives, colleagues and enemies. English and Spanish with English subtitles.

With introduction by Director Jeff Zimbalist

Interview with Jeff Zimbalist on THE TWO ESCOBARS