April 3 – 14
At Tower City
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Run Time: 101 minutes
From the distinguished director behind "Cocaine Cowboys," the informative documentary about the overwhelming cocaine activity in Southern Florida in the 1980s, comes SQUARE GROUPER. An equally enlightening film, this documentary reveals the plethora of marijuana smuggling in and around Miami, Florida prior to the explosion of cocaine dealing. Through the stories of a ganja-smoking church congregation, a small town of pirate rednecks, and a group of men who served the longest marijuana-related prison sentences in history, we learn about the insane amounts of weed smuggled into the country from places like Jamaica and Colombia throughout the 70s and 80s. Targeted heavily by the FBI and DEA, these smugglers were all incarcerated after making millions of dollars, through non-violent means, off a drug many presumed would be legalized by now. SQUARE GROUPER, a name for bales of marijuana thrown overboard or out of planes in Southern Florida during drug raids, is a laid-back, easygoing documentary whose tone appropriately matches its subject matter. Strewn with laughter, sarcasm, and folk music, the testimonies of these former criminals feel less like observing an ex-convict committing a crime and more like sharing a drink with the old guy at the end of the bar, listening to his colorful pot stories from back in the day. – M.M.
Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 4:15 PM
Sunday, April 03, 2011 at 7:05 PM
This screening is on Stand By.
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
Billy Corben is a Florida native who studied political science, screenwriting, and theater at the University of Miami. He continues to make documentaries about Southern Florida after his debut feature successfully premiered at Sundance in 2001.
"Raw Deal: A Question of Consent" (2001), "Cocaine Cowboys" (2006), "Cocaine Cowboys II" (2008), "The U" (2009), "Limelight" (2011), "Dawg Fight" (2011), SQUARE GROUPER: THE GODFATHERS OF GANJA (2011)