Private Project

Opium War

In the Kachin State of Myanmar, more than half of the youth is addict on opium, sold with the help of a corrupted police. Citizens decide to fight with the dealers by themselves through a militia, but they will face not only drug dealers armed like an army, but also opium field owners or the government that doesn’t care about the Kachin state, since it’s a Catholic area in a Buddhist country.

  • John La Raw
    Ma Ma
  • John La Raw, Brang Mai
    Ma Ma
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    52 minutes
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    January 1, 2019
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  • Panda Media
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
  • Producer
    Country: Myanmar
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - John La Raw

Born in the catholic Kachin state in Myanmar, John La Raw has been a catholic priest, a radio announcer and a writer before being a filmmaker. He shot a documentary, Opium War, that he edited during a couple of years until a 52 minutes version in 2019. Meanwhile, he mastered in filmmaking at Chungang University in Seoul and shoot his first feature Ma Ma in Myanmar, with the help of his Korean classmates.

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Director Statement

My country is the second in the world for opium production (after Afghanistan) and where i was born, the Kachin state, 10% of the whole population is considered as a drug addict. The response by the central government and local authorities to this tragedy is very inadequate. Corruption is a big problem in Myanmar, and many representatives of government agencies and the Army also profit from the drug trade. In consequence, drug producers and traffickers appear to have been given a free hand. I could not stand this situation yet I've seen that hopefully, some citizens were starting to rise and make a war on drugs. I followed them to have my part in this fight for our country.