'La Línea: Shadow of Narco': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Netflix's docuseries
La Línea is called the gateway of drugs to Europe in the West and the small city in Spain has a youth unemployment rate as high as 80 percent
With September nearly upon us, Netflix is bringing its newest list of releases including some excellent documentaries. This September, the streaming service is offering something a little different. In 'La Línea: Shadow of Narco', Netflix dives into one of the most notorious cities in Europe as it uncovers what goes on there in the shadow of the night.
According to a report from The Independent, the youth unemployment rate is as high as 80 percent. In 2018, 20 alleged drug smugglers and their accomplices stormed into the local hospital to remove an injured trafficker from custody. A few days later, the judge investigating the assault was surrounded and intimidated by a group of 40 thugs, some of whom were said to be participants in the hospital raid. According to Francisco Mena, the head of a coalition of various anti-drug forces in La Línea, who spoke to The Independent, the city "is the entry point for the greatest quantity of illegal drugs in the whole of the EU".
In La Línea, the poorest paid member of a gang, a police look-out, will earn around $1,200 for a day’s work, while the top earners, speedboat drivers, will make up to $71,000 for a single trip. Mena, however, believes that all hope is not lost and change can come to the city through social education programs and creating legal job opportunities.
'La Línea: Shadow of Narco' will be available to stream on Netflix from September 9, 12 am PST.
The official synopsis for 'La Línea: Shadow of Narco' states: "A docu-series that tells the story of La Linea, the city in the south of Spain, between Morocco and Gibraltar, and at the crossroads of drugs, cigarettes, and migrant trafficking. Very cinematic and witness to dramatic events, the camera of director Pepe Mora gives us a visceral portrait of the protagonists on both sides of the law."
The production team of 'La Línea: Shadow of Narco' conducted 81 interviews with local law enforcement and has 336 hours of recording "to tell the day-to-day conflict in one of the largest enclaves in the country," according to Netflix. The producers' website states, "Together with several other camera operators, we faced complex situations to show the situation in Campo de Gibraltar through our lenses through follow-ups to the agents of the different police forces, as well as trips to Morocco, where we found the origin of substances that cross the Strait to reach Europe."
The series has been produced by Atar TV Agreements together with Mediaset.
The trailer for 'La Línea: Shadow of Narco' can be watched here.
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