Private Project

Poppy Crash

Radiant red poppies fill the mountains of Guerrero, Mexico and the sale of the opium paste extracted from them allows families to send children to school, build homes and put food on the table.
Poppy Crash examines these indigenous farmers' dependence on a volatile black market. When illicit crop cultivation is reduced, farmers migrate north, join ranks of organized crime, or try to get by harvesting corn.

This intimate portrait of rural life, diverts the lens from havoc and death wreaked by fentanyl overdoses and encourages viewers to reflect on the impact of global drug policies on those who slice poppy flowers just to survive.

Documentary short film

  • Andalusia K. Soloff
  • Andalusia K. Soloff
  • Jacobo Del Castillo
  • Andalusia K. Soloff
  • Miguel Tovar
  • Andalusia K. Soloff
  • Francisco Robles
  • Jacobo del Castillo
  • Josue Vazquéz
  • Karina Villaseñor
    Sound design
  • Memo Llagunes
    Sound design
  • Aurea Itandehui Ramírez
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    La Raya
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    27 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 23, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    9,000 USD
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    ProRes, Digital
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  • DOCS MX Film Festival
    Mexico City
    October 14, 2023
    World Premiere
    Official Selections
Director Biography - Andalusia K. Soloff

Andalusia K. Soloff is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker and multimedia journalist based in Mexico City who specializes in state violence, migration, indigenous land struggles and gender-based murders in Latin America. In her work, Andalusia seeks to center the voices of those most affected by these crises and violence by focusing on their human dignity and resilience.

Her work has appeared on Al Jazeera, VICE News, HBO, BBC, Democracy Now!, NBC, The Intercept, NPR, Teen Vogue, New York Magazine, RAI, and La Jornada. Andalusia is the author of Taken Them, a graphic novel about the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students.

Andalusia directed the Emmy Nominated Al Jazeera film, A Sense of Community: Iztapalapa, and was a producer for the Internationally acclaimed HBO film Endangered, as well as numerous other international award winning productions.

She is also the founder of Frontline Freelance México, a journalist organization that advocates for press freedom and labor rights in Mexico. When she’s not reporting, she carves linoleum prints, dj’s punk, hip hop and cumbia and rides her bike ithousands of kilometers across Mexico. You can follow Andalusia on twitter or instagram @andalalucha.

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