Pain, Pleasure, Profits
RAW OPIUM: PAIN, PLEASURE, PROFITS NEWS
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Raw Opium was screened in select Canadian and American cities and followed by panel discussions with special guests who explored the issues brought up in the film.
A FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
Raw Opium is a feature length documentary (and two-part series) about a commodity that has tremendous power - both to ease pain and to destroy lives. The opium poppy is the raw material for heroin, fueling a vast criminal trade larger than the economies of many countries.
Raw Opium is a journey around the world and through time, where conflicting forces do battle over the narcotic sap of the opium poppy. From an opium master in southeast Asia to a UN drug enforcement officer on the border of Afghanistan hunting down the smugglers of central Asia; from a former Indian government Drug Czar and opium farmer to a crusading Vancouver doctor and Portuguese street worker who daily confront the realities of drug addiction.
We see how this flower has played, and continues to play, a pivotal role - not just in the lives of people who grow, manufacture and use it - but also in the increasingly tense sphere of international relations. In the process, our assumptions about addiction and the War on Drugs are challenged.
Associate Producer / Researcher
Head of Development
Produced by KENSINGTON COMMUNICATIONS in association with TVO, CANAL D (owned by Astral Media), SCN, CTV Two, ZDF-ARTE, and SBS-TV AUSTRALIA.