Raw Opium is a feature length documentary 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, where conflicting forces do battle over the narcotic sap. From Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to the United Nations’ Office on Drugs and Crime, charged with the impossible task of preventing drug traffic over Afghanistan’s borders — the opium trade is literally life and death. Digging deep into the extreme power of this flower, Raw Opium challenges preconceived notions of harm reduction, causes and conditions of addiction and government involvement in both production and enforcement. www.RawOpium.com
OPEN FORUM DISCUSSION
Donald MacPherson, Drug Policy Coalition, David Bratzer (Board
member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) and more TBA.
in collaboration with AIDS Vancouver Island
Victoria Event Centre
1415 Broad St (elevator access)
$10-20 suggested donation
Cash bar, local organic eats, goodies by Bubby Rose’s Bakery,
free coffee, door prizes, more!
Doors open at 5.30pm