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Documentary Promises to Give Decades of Context to the Recent LeBaron Family Murders

Mormons vs the Mexican Cartels2

By John Wharton

Residents of San Miguel de Allende were shocked to hear that nine Americans were murdered in northern México last week. Although the incident first appeared to be a case of mistaken identity, recent coroner’s reports revealed that the women and children were shot at point-blank range, deliberate executions in a decades-old conflict between the Mormon settlers and the Mexican cartels.

Join us this Saturday at 3pm for our documentary and discussion dealing with this complex and often-suppressed relationship.

After the LDS Church officially abandoned the practice of polygamy in 1890, some Mormons moved south to México to continue the practice without the interference of US law enforcement. In 1924, the LeBaron family moved to northern México. There, the family started a farm called “Colonia LeBaron” in Galeana, Chihuahua.

In 1972, a power struggle broke out over the leadership of The Church of the Firstborn, leading to a series of murders on both sides of the US–México border that even threatened then-president Jimmy Carter. In recent decades, the LeBaron Mormon sect has had an ongoing

dispute and conflict with the Juarez Cartel, which controls much of the border region.

Join Shelter Theater Saturday, November 23, for the documentary, Mormons vs the Mexican Cartels and stay for a discussion that promises to shine a light on the recent killings and delve into the gritty details of the LeBaron Mormons.

Sunday, November 24, at 3pm: Memphis. The 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Musical stars Montego Glover and Chad Kimball. Captured live in performance with the Tony-nominated cast at Broadway’s historic Shubert Theatre, this tale of love, ambition, and the cultural revolution that changed music forever jumps off the screen and into your heart. You won’t want to miss this Broadway classic, a Shelter special event only available on our big screen—the next best thing to being on Broadway!

On Wednesday, November 27, at 3pm, Shelter presents the groundbreaking documentary Buena Vista Social Club. Ry Cooder gathered together some of the greatest names from the history of Cuban music, some in their nineties, to collaborate on the best-selling album. According to Boulder Weekly, “The music is incredible enough on its own—but the lives and the culture behind it, that’s what makes this documentary a must-see!”

Visit for a map, a calendar of events, and to buy online tickets. Send ticketing questions and comments to Find Shelter Theater’s logo on the Que Pasa supplement map in the upper left-hand corner.


Documentary and Discussion

Mormons vs the Mexican Cartels

Sat, Nov 23, 3pm

70 pesos


Broadway on Screen

Kiss Me Kate

Sun, Nov 24, 3pm

150 pesos


Live Music/Variety

Open Mic

Tue, Nov 26, 7pm

80 pesos (inc drink)


Documentary and Discussion

Buena Vista Social Club

Wed, Nov 27, 3pm

70 pesos


All events are in Shelter Theater


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