BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//EuroSEAS 2022//EN X-WR-CALNAME:EuroSEAS 2022 BEGIN:VTIMEZONE TZID:Europe/Paris X-LIC-LOCATION:Europe/Paris BEGIN:DAYLIGHT TZOFFSETFROM:+0100 TZOFFSETTO:+0200 DTSTART:19700329T020000 RRULE:FREQ=YEARLY;BYMONTH=3;BYDAY=-1SU END:DAYLIGHT BEGIN:STANDARD TZOFFSETFROM:+0200 TZOFFSETTO:+0100 DTSTART:19701025T030000 RRULE:FREQ=YEARLY;BYMONTH=10;BYDAY=-1SU END:STANDARD END:VTIMEZONE BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTAMP:20230402T110600 UID:euroseas-2022-zooming-out-viewing-change-and-continuity-in-burma-s-opium-trade-through-adrian-cowell-s-the-warlords SUMMARY:Zooming Out: Viewing Change and Continuity in Burma’s Opium Trade through Adrian Cowell’s The Warlords LOCATION:Auditorium 150 DESCRIPTION:In 1972, two British documentary filmmakers - Adrian Cowell and Christopher Menges - entered Burma’s Shan State with mules carrying equipm ent to shoot a documentary film about the opium trade. A year and a half la ter, they returned to the UK with the footage to produce The Warlords. At a time when the US war on drugs was getting underway, the film is a tour de force offering one of the few first-hand accounts of the opium trade in Sha n State.\n\nAfter a half-century war on drugs, global illicit opium product ion has grown tenfold. While methamphetamine has replaced opium as Shan Sta te’s primary drug export, many of the same forces at work in the early 1970 s are still present. The country remains mired in militarized violence. Dru g abuse has become a prominent social issue. While efforts to restrict illi cit poppy\ncultivation have evolved to address the developmental needs of f armers, a law enforcement model utilizing state agents to enforce prohibiti on underpins global drug control efforts.\n\nThis panel proposes an innovat ive approach to examine the drug trade in Shan State that involves screenin g of The Warlords and presentations on different segments of the opium trad e followed by a discussion. The film by Cowell and Menges remains unprecede nted in its access to primary actors in Burma’s opium trade and provides an unusually granular account of its operation. The film is part of a larger corpus of work that offers points of view of different actors in the opium trade. By presenting the perspectives of farmers, foot soldiers, leaders of armed resistance organizations, government-allied militias, and drug traff ickers, this film reveals a complexity often absent from the current schola rly and policy discourse on the opium trade. The film sets the stage for cr itical engagement with narratives of opium production.\n\nRead more details on “Screenings” Page URL: DTSTART;TZID=Europe/Paris:20220701T110000 DTEND;TZID=Europe/Paris:20220701T123000 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR