The Opium Kings


60m 1997

Brief Synopsis

Filmmaker Adrian Cowell ventures into a remote corner of Myanmar (Burma) known as Shan State, where much of the world's heroin originates. The program chromicles the rise and fall of Khun Sa, a Shan nationalist leader and warlord who has long been a chief target of U.S. drug enforcement. In intervie

Film Details

Also Known As
Frontline (05/20/97), Opium Kings
Release Date
1997

Technical Specs

Duration
60m

Synopsis

Filmmaker Adrian Cowell ventures into a remote corner of Myanmar (Burma) known as Shan State, where much of the world's heroin originates. The program chromicles the rise and fall of Khun Sa, a Shan nationalist leader and warlord who has long been a chief target of U.S. drug enforcement. In interviews with drug-war figures ranging from opium farmers to U.S. officials, Cowell unravels the complex political, economic and diplomatic web that surrounds the heroin business.

Film Details

Also Known As
Frontline (05/20/97), Opium Kings
Release Date
1997

Technical Specs

Duration
60m

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