They weren't related, but drug lord Pablo Escobar and soccer player Andres Escobar led intertwined lives of glory and infamy in Colombia, and the full-throttle documentary "The Two Escobars" dynamically chronicles their meshed fates.
Using richly drawn interviews and a rhythmic punch to editing archival footage, Jeff and Michael Zimbalist ("Favela Rising") take a ravenous appetite to their biographical portraits while never losing sight of their real subject: the queasy intersection of sport and crime. Is a nation's athletic pride a diversion from, or a reflection of, what society at large is going through?
On one level, Medellin outlaw Pablo used his ill-gained riches to earn popular love: As fleshed out by family members and his organization's top hit man (now in prison), he built soccer fields in slum neighborhoods and laundered cash by investing in the country's teams, which gave rise to higher-quality players and a global standing for Colombian soccer.
On the other hand, rising player Andres — portrayed by his sister and fiancée as gentlemanly, upstanding and a gifted captain for a Colombian team Pele picked to win the 1994 World Cup — disdained the trappings of "narco soccer" and viewed the field as a place of honor and forgiveness.