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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 – the interactive documentary uncovers the trail of money and drugs, The world premiere is at IDFA Doclab in November 2017.

Poppy Uncovering the new drug wars interactive-documentary by Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jongh

Poppy – Uncovering the New Drug Wars is a new interactive documentary we are producing, directed by visual artists Antoinette de Jong and 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:

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