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The Heroin Wars

The history of the narcotics trade in Burma.

Here is the astounding history of the narcotics trade in Burma and the War on Drugs. In 1964, director Adrian Cowell (THE DECADE OF DESTRUCTION) and cameraman Chris Menges (THE KILLING FIELDS) went to the mountainous Shan region of eastern Burma to film the emerging Shan revolutionary forces in their bloody civil war against the brutal military dictatorship. The impoverished Shans had only one way to finance their war of liberation - opium. Cowell has returned to Shan State several times over the last 30 years to record the ongoing civil war and the burgeoning opium trade.

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