'Cartel Land' Wins George Polk Award for Documentary Film

'Cartel Land'

The Orchard acquired North American theatrical and digital rights to Matthew Heineman's Cartel Land and will release the film in theaters later this year.

The Kathryn Bigelow-executive produced pic is up for the best documentary feature Oscar.

Cartel Land has been honored with a George Polk Award for documentary film.

The prize is meant to honor reporters who advanced vital national conversations with their masterful investigative reporting.

The Oscar-nominated doc, directed by Matthew Heineman and executive produced by Kathyn Bigelow, focuses on the Mexican drug war, specifically two vigilante groups, one on either side of the border. 

Heineman recently received a DGA Award for documentary filmmaking, and he also nabbed a directing honor for U.S. documentary and a special jury award for cinematography for U.S. documentary at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where Cartel Land had its world premiere.