What does the wreckage of an airplane full of cocaine in the Mali desert have to do with someone at a party in London? Or what does a peasant farmer in the mountains of Afghanistan have to do with a luxury villa on Palm Island in Dubai?
Poppy – Uncovering the New Drug Wars is a new interactive documentary we are developing in collaboration with journalist Antoinette de Jong and photographer Robert Knoth. POPPY follows the trail of money and drugs. Lose yourself in a world-wide network in which rebel movements and terrorist organizations form networks with drug cartels and other frowned upon organizations. Discover how these diffuse and elusive networks are destabilizing large areas of the world. And find out how these networks play a central role in areas of conflict and in the spectacular growth of a global illegal economy.
The interactive documentary builds on De Jong and Knoth’s earlier book and video installation ‘POPPY – Trails of Afghan Heroin’. These two very special projects use photography, text and video to illustrate the dark flip-side of globalization. The book and installation were part of the group show On the Move: Storytelling in Contemporary Photography and Graphic Design at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam last year. This video by the Stedelijk introduces the project and its creators:
Poppy – the interactive documentary is set for release for winter 2017.