14th annual International Studies Film Series
"Raw Opium" with talk by writer/director Peter Findlay
Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.
Dauphin Humanities Center 051
"Raw Opium" is a 2011 feature-length documentary (and two-part TV 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 U.N. 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. The 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
Foreign Film Club schedule
Spring 2014 Foreign Film Club Schedule