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:
You’ll have to wait a bit for this one, Poppy – the interactive documentary is set for release for winter 2017.
17 March 2017
We’re happy that the Mondriaanfonds granted us their financial support. This funds stimulates the production and presentation of Dutch visual arts. Their support will help Robert and Antoinette in their endeavours to make this project successful.
10 February 2017
Robert and Antoinette presented Poppy (2012) at yet another festival. The installation of Poppy is exhibited during the The Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2017.
21 November 2016
We’re happy to announce that Poppy is supported by The Grant Programme for Non-Fiction Transmedia, a scheme by which Creative Industries Fund NL, in association with the Dutch Cultural Media Fund and the Netherlands Film Fund, is endeavouring to stimulate new forms of documentary-making and storytelling.
16 November 2016
Poppy is selected for IDFA’s Crossmedia Forum 2016. “…One of the most important co-financing and co-production markets in the international documentary industry.” Robert Knoth and producer Corine Meijers will pitch the project at the Forum.