In 2005, Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho released a book called Demons of Eden. The text exposed the horrific world of statutory rape and pedophilia in Mexico, focusing specifically on two Lebanese-Mexican gangsters, Jean Succar Kuri and Kamel Nacif Borge. But Cacho had done more than just write a book -- she faced a vehement backlash in her attempt to bring the horrors these children faced to justice. It is a powerful story, but unfortunately Alejandra Islas' new documentary based on this struggle fails to live up to its subject matter.
Granted, there are many pieces to this story -- the world of the victimized children, the pedophiles and their personal and business pursuits, the connections these men have with political figures throughout Mexico, what that meant for Cacho, and the writer's own personal history. Just keeping it all straight is work enough, but as it is presented, through a melange of quick transitions and fancy graphics, Demons of Eden is a confusing and muddled look at a brave and inspiring fight for justice.