Want to make millions in a $400 billion global industry? Find out why no one is winning the war on drugs in this provocative investigation, featuring interviews with Susan Sarandon, Russell Simmons and The Wire's David Simon.
This documentary is , at the same time, excellent and very poor.
Excellent because it presents lots of information about the war on drugs in an entertaining way.
Very poor because it is too biased to be taken seriously. Besides, and this is a minor issue, the documentary is limited to the US society and much of what is shown in it does not apply to the UK ( A good sign of this is that the film has over 300 reviews on Amazon US and just 3 reviews here)
Most of what is said in this documentary is kosher but, and here is the problem, they don't say everything and they manipulate facts, they don't balance positive information about drug dealers with negative information about them. If I didn't know any better then I would, after having watched "How to Make Money Selling Drugs", think that drug dealers are mainly innocent victims of the system and so are all users.
The American Government and its different agencies are to blame for practically everything and the police forces are essentially corrupt. That is, according to this biased documentary. There is not a single doctor talking about how destructive heroin, crack and crystal meth are to people's bodies and minds, for example.
It is all too easy, in the comfort and safety of the UK, to ignore the hell that is the life of so many people in countries plagued by massive production of drugs and to see, under a romantic light, illegal chemical substances.
It is all too easy to take the side of this biased, not credible documentary when you don't see, in front a newspaper building or a court of justice, heads of human beings. Heads cut by drug dealers. Heads of people who were alive, breathing, experimenting the short miracle of life.
It is all too easy, living in a rich European country, to glamourise drugs and ignore the horror, monstrosities and daily misery that ordinary people have to witness and live with in places that are dominated by drug dealers.
I don't think it is worth to order this dvd at all.
But if you do watch this very biased documentary then I would suggest that you also watch a feature film to provide a counterpart to this documentary: "The Counsellor". It is one of the best films directed by Ridley Scott and it is great cinema about a very dark matter.
Or you could also watch the excellent series SouthLand (seasons one and two). I learned long ago that many times there is more truth in fictional films than in documentaries.
If You're even slightly interested in an issue vehemently stereotyped in the media, criminal justice system, national health and politics, you can't really go wrong with this piece of documentary / journalism, the title's ironic by-the-way, this is serious journalism and thematic of the rise in social & cultural awareness over the past couple of decades, very important viewing highly recommended