El Sicario, Room 164

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El Sicario, Room 164
Directed byGianfranco Rosi
Produced bySerge Lalou and Gianfranco Rosi
Written byGianfranco Rosi and Charles Bowden
Edited byJacopo Quadri
Les Films d'Ici
Distributed byIcarus Films
Release date
  • September 5, 2010 (2010-09-05) (Venice Film Festival)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States

El Sicario, Room 164 is a 2010 documentary film directed by Gianfranco Rosi and based on an article[1] by Charles Bowden.


The film's subject is an anonymous Ciudad Juárez sicario known to have killed hundreds. An expert in torture and kidnapping, he was employed by Mexican drug cartels and the Chihuahua State Police simultaneously.[2] In the film, he recounts his story to the camera inside the very hotel room he once used to hold and torture kidnapped victims, his face concealed by a black mesh hood. Using a marker and notepad, he illustrates his career of crime, murder, abduction, and torture. There exists a $250,000 bounty on his life.[3]


El Sicario, Room 164 has a metascore of 76 on Metacritic[4] and 92% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[5]

See also[edit]

  • Salva Trucha (Lo que reina en la sombras), a 2015 documentary film about the drug war from three different perspectives: a Mexican activist nun, an American former trafficker, and an American federal agent.[6] [7]


  1. ^ "The Sicario: A Juarez Hit Man Speaks" (PDF). Harper's Magazine Foundation.
  2. ^ "'El Sicario: Room 164' a powerful gaze into a squalid abyss". El Paso Inc. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  3. ^ "The Sicario, Room 164 Press Kit" (PDF). Icarus Films. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  4. ^ "El Sicario, Room 164". Metacritic. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  5. ^ "El Sicario, Room 164". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  6. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3785740/
  7. ^ http://www.elseptimoarte.net/mexico/-lo-que-reina-en-las-sombras---kingdom-of-shadows--2257.html

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