Natalie Almada's documentary explores the world of narcocorridos
: up-tempo Mexican and Mexican-American ballads about poverty, street life and the poisonous allure of the narcotics trade. Her wide-eyed focus is Magdiel Rubio Burgos, a fisherman's son from a tiny town called La Reforma in Mexico's Sinaloan region, which is notorious for breeding hard men and being the birthplace of Mexico's drug-trafficking industry. Magdiel says he will have nothing to do with dealers, out of respect for his hardworking and upright parents. But he writes and performs corridos
— songs about men who pull themselves up from nothing to achieve fame and/or notoriety. Corr...