Category “Drugs”

Yemen: State of Intoxication

Is Yemen a nation under the influence of drugs? Each afternoon the country slows down as both young and old chew Khat leaves for a legal high. Meanwhile farms have stopped growing food and water is running out. On the outskirts of Sana’a a young boy, no more than 5 or 6, sits on a low wall. “Do you chew khat?” He smiles a wide, empty smile, “Yes, every day.” He’s just one pint-sized representative of a country absolutely consumed by the drug. It’s already having a massive social impact: “difficulty in sleep, irritability, up to severe psychosis and we also saw some...

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Baja Smugglers

Daredevil outlaws. The Mexican drug war. All night trips on small fishing boats called "pangas" that smuggle migrant workers & marijuana into the United States. This is Baja...

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Goonj: The Empty Call

A documentary featuring Mr. Naseeruddin Shah that explores the issues revolving around the illegal cultivation of cannabis (the biological name for the derivative plant for charas or marijuana) in the Himachal Pradesh state of India. A large section of people feel that cannabis, the holy weed, should be legalized for a number of reasons. 'Goonj' goes into the depth of the layers involved in the decision of legalization and cultivation of this...

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Crack House USA

Summer 2005: federal agents and police record over a thousand hours of surveillance footage inside a crack house in Rockford Illinois. For six weeks the gang smoke weed, play with guns and sell crack and heroin, unaware that their every move is being filmed. The customers come and go with no clue that their secret lives would be exposed. This is an intimate portrait of the rise and fall of a crack house and of an American urban community brought down by drugs. Interviews with gang members, their families and cops reveal the inescapable tragedy - and occasional dark comedy - of a world that...

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Dead Famous: Melbourne’s Underworld War

Dead Famous lifts the lid on the slaughter that resulted when two underworld tribes went to war over drug profits during Melbourne’s infamous gangland killings. This documentary takes viewers behind the frenzied headlines to put the killings in their true perspective. Leading crime writers John Silvester and Andrew Rule analyse the causes and effects of the decade-long war. The film investigates the reasons it began, why it was allowed to escalate and flourish for so long and point to what lessons, if any, have been learned by law makers and breakers alike. It was a unique...

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A Man Who Delivers

An innovative film about the daily grind for a drug dealer. Following a day in the life of a London cocaine dealer, the challenge was to build a narrative without the contributor wanting to appear on camera for obvious reasons. The film is based on a real interview and real text messages. Documentary by Jamie Jessett for Channel 4′s Shooting...

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Drugs, Inc: High Stakes Vegas

This documentary takes us to the heart of America’s ultimate Sin City, Las Vegas. Ever year over 40 million tourists come to this fantasy-land to gamble, party and get high. This adult oasis fuels a massive demand for illegal drugs. This documentary takes us inside the world of the drug dealers, gangs, and the Mexican cartel traffickers who are making their millions from the tourists who flock here looking for a good time. From the VIP party host to the notorious Playboy Bloods street gang who control the crack industry in West Las Vegas, to the Mexican cartel trafficker who uses three...

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Drug Kings Of New York

In New York City heroin use is on the rise, as a new generation of suburbanite dealers hooked on prescription pills switch to heroin, and venture down the Long Island Express-way dubbed the Heroin Highway into urban Brooklyn and Queens to get their fix. America’s largest city is quickly becoming the distribution hub for narcotics. Drugs Inc. Drug Kings Of New York features authorities questioning a suspect attempting to smuggle 70 pellets of cocaine in his stomach. While, Mr. Fence sells over 35 kinds of high grade drugs to Manhattan’s wealthy bankers and socialites. It’s...

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Canada’s War on Weed

With a reported value of over 6 billion dollars, it's no secret that marijuana in British Columbia is big business. However, due to the recent legalization of weed in Washington and Colorado, the draconian crime laws pushed forward by the Canadian Conservative government's omnibus crime bill, and recent changes to medical marijuana regulations, the entire industry is suddenly facing an identity crisis. VICE Canada went west to talk to the people directly affected by these recent events: from the legalization activists and the large and small scale growers, to the illegal traffickers and law...

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