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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violent, brutal drug-cartel story humanizes victims.

TV Netflix Drama 2021
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The understated but dramatic series is a fictionalized recounting of events that led up to the March 2011 massacre that took place at Allende, Coahuila. Through a series of intersecting narratives featuring an ensemble cast, it highlights how the small town's residents worked, shared, hoped, and dreamed, despite the presence of the cartel in their community. However, it also reveals the tactics Los Zetas used to maintain control over the area, and how easy it was to inadvertently get caught up in, and fall victim to, their activities.

While the unapologetic brutality of the cartel's retribution against Allende is underscored, Somos. also places the blame for the massacre on the United States for botching its operation. But what makes the series meaningful is its ability to present a group of fictional characters that holistically represent the very real 300-500 men, women, and children who were kidnapped and murdered. By doing so, it transforms the story from a mere historical footnote in the on ongoing drug wars taking place on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border to a story of human tragedy.

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