Flowers of Darkness

Published on 5th February 2016 by

Flowers of Darkness is a short 1972 documentary film about the opium poppy and its abuse by drug users, the film starts with a brief look at the history of opium including the 19th century Opium Wars, talks about the discovery of heroin and then examines the growing abuse of heroin and its trade in the US in the 1970’s and how it is sourced from poppy fields of Afghanistan.

The film uses some very interesting historical footage, and provides an interesting insight into how we developed the heroin problem that the face in the modern day (particularly in America which is seeing a new epidemic, as explored in the 2015 HBO documentary Heroin Cape Cod, USA.

The film is narrated by legendary actor Paul Newman and is also known by the longer title The Distant Drummer: The Flower of Darkness,  it is listed on IMDB by its shorter title but on several streaming sites including Amazon by its longer title. Watch more Heroin documentaries.

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