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Transcending headlines to create a nuanced perspective of the heroin epidemic, this five-part Showtime docuseries deftly illuminates the humanity within this modern American crisis. Addicts and their families struggle in Atlanta, drug lords and poppy-seed farmers toil in Mexico, and narcotics units and dealers clash in Columbus. Intimate moments lay bare the physical and emotional grip of dependency, the complicit pain of enabling addiction, the complex roles of law enforcement, and the seemingly unbreakable cycle of supply and demand.

Director Matthew Heineman (City of Ghosts) returns to the Sundance Film Festival with this powerful, observational take on opioid addiction and the drug trade. Characters are presented without judgment in a riveting, interwoven narrative with superlative access to moments of heartbreak and personal truths. When one mother sobs, “I’m so tired of this; I don’t understand why,” she could be speaking for any person along this pervasive chain.

The Festival is proud to present the first two episodes of this unnerving series, which artfully conveys the scope and gravity of a national epidemic.

Wed. 1/24, 5:30 p.m., Egyptian, PC
Thu. 1/25, 8:45 a.m., PC Library, PC
Sat. 1/27, 9:00 p.m., SLC Library, SLC

YEAR 2017

SECTION Special Events


RUN TIME 125 min

LANGUAGE English and Spanish

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

EMAIL paganharleman@yahoo.com


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Matthew Heineman

Academy Award–nominated filmmaker Matthew Heineman's most recent film, City of Ghosts, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. His previous film, Cartel Land, was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary feature and won three Emmys. Heineman also directed and produced the documentary Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare. Heineman is currently in production on his first narrative feature, A Private War, about legendary war reporter Marie Colvin.