Poppy Interactive

  • Antoinette de Jong, Robert Knoth
  • Netherlands
  • 2017
  • 100 min
  • Digital
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab: Uncharted Rituals, DocLab Program

As we discover in this interactive documentary, the nexus between war and organized crime is tight and complex. Documentary makers Antionette de Jong and Robert Knoth have brought together their extensive research to create a website with a clear navigational structure. The user can unravel an impressive network of insurgents and terrorists, drug cartels and other criminal organizations. A journey through various locations and times shows how drug money destabilizes parts of the world, fuels conflict and allows a worldwide illegal economy to grow. In Poppy Interactive, we meet the families who grow the poppies, heroin addicts in prison in Kyrgyzstan, a community fighting to prevent drug deaths, and poorly-paid border guards in Tajikistan. We also see big, black leather suitcases in the first row of a plane, a plane crash in Mali, a party in London and luxury villas in Dubai. It's all interconnected.


  • 100 min
  • color / black and white
  • Spoken languages: English
  • Subtitles in: English
Created by
Bruno Wille Felix, Femke Wolting, Michel Reilhac
Antoinette de Jong, Robert Knoth
Corine Meijers for Submarine Channel, Bruno Wille Felix
Peter Claassen
Christiaan de Rooij

IDFA history

World Premiere
IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling
DocLab: Uncharted Rituals
DocLab Program

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