Curious Minds Festival // Narcos’ Javier Peña and Steve Murphy: Bringing Down Pablo Escobar



Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Tue, Mar 10 6:30 PM


Legendary DEA operatives Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña recount the true story of how they put an end to one of the world’s most infamous narco-terrorists, taking us behind the scenes of the dramatic events that inspired the hit Netflix series, Narcos.

In the 1980s and 90s, Pablo Escobar’s brutal Medellín Cartel was responsible for a globe-spanning drug empire, overseeing the trafficking tons of cocaine as well as a corrupt network of lawyers, policemen and politicians. In Manhunters, Murphy and Peña describe their work to end this reign of terror, recounting how their joint Colombian-US taskforce separated the drug lord from his resources and allies, and left him on the run from enemies on both sides of the law. Sit down with these two celebrated agents as they offer a frank assessment of the successes and failures of the US War on Drugs, and a riveting look at real-life events and personalities that have entered the pop culture pantheon. Enjoy a night of true crime storytelling with two of the world’s most respected and influential lawmen as they relive the epic highs and lows of one of history’s most consequential manhunts.

In Conversation with George Stroumbouloupoulos, host of The Strombo Show.

Book sale and signing to follow.

Promotional Partners: Crime Writers of Canada and Toronto True Crime Film Festival

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