Marvin (10), holding with a mock rifle, on a day when the town's children demonstrate the military skills they have been taught after becoming members of the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities (CRAC-PF) police force. His brother Alex is also involved with the vigilante group.
CRAC-PF was formed as a response, by a cluster of remote farming villages largely inhabited by indigenous Nahuas, to the violent Los Adillos drug cartel who want to force the farmers to grow opium poppies. In reality the town's elders admit that the training and arming of their children is really a ploy to get the attention of the central government who they say have failed to respond to their plight. Nonetheless, children cannot leave the villages defended by the CRAC-PF in order to attend secondary school and anyone caught by the brutal cartels is at risk of losing their life.