DEA officers who inspired hit Nexflix show Narcos are coming to Toronto

Feb 26 2020, 9:17 am

Fans of Narcos know that the hit Netflix show is based on a true story about two DEA officers. And now, Toronto fans can see the former officers up close at Hot Docs’ upcoming Curious Minds Festival.

The Festival, which runs from March 6 to 11, is Hot Docs’ annual festival of culture and ideas.

According to organizers, the event features six days of inspiring and lively conversations with newsmakers, bestselling authors and esteemed intellectuals.

As part of the festival, in just a few weeks, legendary DEA operatives Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña will recount the true story of how they put an end to one of the world’s most infamous narco-terrorists, taking Toronto behind the scenes of the dramatic events that inspired the hit Netflix series, Narcos.

Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña with Netflix actors Boyd Holbrook and Pedro Pascal / Courtesy of Hot Docs

In Conversation with George Stroumbouloupoulos, host of The Strombo Show, the duo will discuss their latest book Manhunters: How We Took Down Pablo Escobar at the Festival on March 10.

Other highlights at the Festival this year include:

  • Erik Larson: The New York Times bestselling author (Devil in the White City) sits down with former Ontario Premier Bob Rae to discuss his new book The Splendid and the Vile, a saga of Winston Churchill, family, and defiance during the blitz, and what we can learn today from Churchill’s leadership in that time.
  • A special panel on “influencer culture” featuring a rarely-seen screening of Hulu’s Fyre Fraud, with commentary from New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino, author of 2019’s Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion.
  • Drunk Feminist Films presents CATS: with DFF’s trademark interactive commentary, their hilarious hosts will hold our hands through the Jellicle Ball and guide us through the important, nuanced questions, like which one of these cats deserves to die? Is Rum Tum Tugger a pickup artist? Why are so many of these cats wearing additional fur coats?
  • Tanya Talaga: award-winning Anishinaabe writer and journalist, is local and should be able to appear in studio. She’ll be participating in the talk Plan or Platitude? Making Sense of “Reconciliation” with Senator Murray Sinclair, award winning Sto:lo novelist, poet and creative non-fiction writer and instructor, Lee Maracle, and Executive Director of Canadian Roots Exchange Max Fine Day.

Hot Docs’ Curious Minds Festival

When: March 6 to 11, 2020

Where: Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West