Somos. is based on a heartbreaking string of murders that occurred in Allende, Mexico back in 2011. This tragedy was originally reported in 2017, when Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ginger Thompson wrote an article that investigated the massacre of these people and the years of silence that kept the story buried.
Now, years after Thompson's story broke on ProPublica, her research has been adapted into a series for Netflix. And the true-crime drama, which premiered just a few days ago, has already jumped into the site's top ten list. Check out the trailer below.
"The Devil [has returned], but he brought an army this time,” one character says in the tense clip.
Netflix's official synopsis says, “Somos. imaginatively recreates the stories of the people of the small town of Allende in the days leading up to a shocking massacre. Created by James Schamus [and co-written by Monika Revilla and Fernanda Melchor], Somos. tells the story of the drug wars from the victims’ perspective, giving voice to those whose lives were changed forever when, without forewarning, their town was struck by a tragedy triggered by a DEA operation gone wrong.”
Unlike Breaking Bad, Narcos, or other series that have explored similar territory, Somos is about shedding light on those who get caught in the crossfire, but who often get erased from history. As Jack Seale pointed out in his review for The Guardian: “Remember Allende, we’re being told, and the people who lived there, and the people like them in towns like it, who are usually peripheral casualties in the crime stories we watch for kicks.”
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