Director, recently slain, talks about filming El Salvador’s gangs

Photographer and filmmaker Christian Poveda was shot dead in El Salvador Sept. 2, 2009. He spent more than 16 months, every day, with the mara gangs of San Salvador to make the 2009 documentary “La Vida Loca.” This is footage from an interview conducted by the Los Angeles Times’ Deborah Bonello with Poveda a few months before his death. It took place in Mexico City on April 1.

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37 Comments for “Director, recently slain, talks about filming El Salvador’s gangs”

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    Thanks for keeping up a good blog.

    I am very interested in this story. Do you have information as to why he was slain?



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    I would love to know as well. Fresh from watching Sin Nombre last night and my first waking thought was of this very subject, would exectuvie produceers of that movie such as Gael and Amy have to live with the threats germaine to this subject for making a move depicting their otherwise clandestine society.

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