Magazine article Screen International

Showtime to Premiere Docu-Series 'The Trade' at Sundance

Magazine article Screen International

Showtime to Premiere Docu-Series 'The Trade' at Sundance

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Series is follow-up to 2015’s Cartel Land.

Showtime has announced that it will premiere its new docu-series The Trade at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and will debut on February 2 on Showtime.

The Trade spotlights the opioid epidemic that has ravaged communities in both Mexico and the US. The five-episode docu-series examines the crisis through the eyes of those most affected: the growers, addicts, cartel bosses and law enforcement hopelessly caught in its web.

Cartel Land’s Matthew Heineman directed and served as an executive producer alongside Super Size Me’s Morgan Spurlock.

The Trade is a continuation of Heineman’s examination of the border drug trade. His critically acclaimed 2015 documentary Cartel Land earned an Oscar nomination for best documentary feature and won three Emmy Awards, best documentary from the Director’s Guild of America and the Courage Under Fire Award from the International Documentary Association, among others.

“The vicious cycle of heroin addiction, and the collateral damage it inflicts on so many, is one of the most profound epidemics we face in this country,” Vinnie Malhotra, Showtime senior vice-president of documentaries, unscripted and sports programming, said. …

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