Stan has today announced that Showtime’s The Trade, a five-part docu-series exploring the opioid epidemic, will premiere February 3, same day as the U.S. As part of Stan’s exclusive content deal with Showtime, The Trade joins documentaries such as Active Shooter and The Circus to premiere exclusively on Stan.
From Columbus, Ohio to Guerrero, Mexico and countless cities in between, the opioid epidemic has ravaged communities on both sides of the border. But what about the lives behind the headlines and statistics? The timely, provocative new docu-series, which has been selected for this year’s forthcoming Sundance Film Festival, spotlights the crisis through the eyes of those most affected: the growers, addicts, cartel bosses and law enforcement hopelessly caught in its web.
The Trade, directed by Oscar nominated Matthew Heineman, is a searing examination of the U.S. border drug trade. His critically acclaimed 2015 documentary Cartel Land earned an Academy Award 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.
"It's been a great honour to follow up Cartel Land with The Trade," said Heineman. "My goal with the series is to highlight the human side of the opioid epidemic through hopeful and emotional stories on both sides of the border. Although each character's world is vastly different, they are all caught in the same machine - trapped in a never-ending cycle of dependency that they attempt to escape from."
The character-driven verité-style docu-series crisscrosses North America to explore the opioid epidemic from the intimate perspective of growers, addicts and law enforcement on both sides of the border. The interwoven narrative transcends the headlines to convey with humanity and nuance the scope and gravity of the crisis. The Trade seeks to break through the simplistic and often erroneously counterproductive assumptions surrounding the opioid phenomenon by spotlighting those caught in the crisis: friends and neighbours, sisters and brothers.