Kings of Cannabis Full Length Documentary
MUSIC PLAYING KRISHNA ANDAVOLU: We’re on the side of a mountain. And there’s about thousands of marijuana plants around us. This is like, two, three hectares like 20, 30,000 plants. And then you know that you’re going to find a champion there if you look long enough.
It’s a massive field, full of pot. KRISHNA ANDAVOLU: You might not know who Arjan Roskam is, but you’ve probably smoked his weed. Since 1985, Arjan’s been producing some of the most wellknown strains of marijuana out of Amsterdam. We joined up with him and his crew in Colombia to look for three rare marijuana strains.
So after about a few hours of sleep, we’re headed to Cali to check out the biggest weed operation in Colombia. Good. Let’s rock and roll. KRISHNA ANDAVOLU: First stop, the massive grow operation of local legend El Gato, Arjan’s key Colombian contact. He’d be our guide throughout the trip.
EL GATO: SPEAKING SPANISH ARJAN ROSKAM: So here we go, guerrillastyle growing, guys, in the mountains of the FARC. Look here. KRISHNA ANDAVOLU: Colombia produces the most cocaine in the world. But it’s also one of the most fertile places on earth to grow cannabis.
And while the country allows for recreational amounts of marijuana, growing weed on an industrial scale remains highly illegal. ARJAN ROSKAM: If you look at the plants, they’re all moving. You feel a little breeze going through. Not too much, but just enough to make them strong and make sure there’s no stale air around the buds.
This is the biggest in Colombia. It’s probably maybe the biggest in South America. Or Paraguay also have really big ones. Not like this. ARJAN ROSKAM: But not like this, and not this kind of quality. KRISHNA ANDAVOLU: In 1992, Arjan opened his first coffee.
Shop in Amsterdam, and has since crafted marijuanabreeding skills into a marketsavvy empire known as Green House Seed Company. He’s won 38 Cannabis Cups. He’s even dubbed himself the King of Cannabis. All hail the king. ARJAN ROSKAM: We thought maybe if we create a King of.
Hallucinogen Honey Hunters Hunting mad honey documentary
In the heart of Nepal, lives a tribe of honey hunters, the Gurungs They are the last humans before a Eight thousand meters mountain peak, and their village is surrounded by a thick jungle, its secrets is a mistery to all but the locals One month a year, giant hymalayan bees , the biggest bees in the world, forage poisonous flowers, giving to honey medicinal, aphrodisiac and hallucinogen properties. the Gurungs take outrageous risks to collect the honey from the cliff side hives , but they’ve developed an almost mystical rapport with the bees, wich enable them to work without any protective clothing. The precious liquid has to be eaten with great care to avoid serious intoxication.
My name is Raphael Treza, i’m going to meet the tribe to try to find out more about this magic honey the Gurungs sell the honey at a little market, they’ve told me how to find their village. On the way, I met Deepak and Kumar, two friends who are in contact with the tribe. They’ve proposed to come with me to act as translators. The gurungs are almost cut off from the outside world, they live two days walk from the nearest road originally from Tibet, in the middle ages, they came to this valley, dominated by one the highest mountains in the world.
150 villagers live here including elderly but very healthy people and a good number of children who attend the village school hives of domesticated bees, which are more docile and twice as small as the wild bees are built into the walls. the honey can be collected from inside the houses. the bees have even colonised some rather unusual places. the Gurungs are almost entirely self sufficient , they cultivate vegetables, corn and rice.
The village mill turns the cereals into flour various wooden objects are carved and sculpted with a kukri, the emblematic Nepali’s knife. The villagers raise goats, cows and sheep, who’s wool is used to make clothes some of which will be sold at the market Some also fish and hunt for dear using riffle loaded with a ramrod and they stay on the look out for bears which could attack their flocks or the village children Men and women of all ages regularly work on communal tasks like here for the building of a new path.
Maoist dissidents who took control of the valley make sure everyone takes part in the work necessary for the developing the community The gurungs are reserved and discrete but their good humour and joie de vivre is infectious At dawn, the village gets ready for a honey hunting trip two men prepare the ropes required for climbing the cliffs They set out to join the rest of the team The hunters meet up: Noba Kershing, the oldest hunter.
Nandala and Dale as they leave the village, a surprise guest shows up A member of the maoist guerilla from a neighboring village who says he comes to ensure we’re not going to take honey from comunal hives at first he wants to stop us from going his presence here is also a publicity exercise he wants to be sure the young nepali’s communist logo on his tshirt appears in the film.
Discussions are a little tense but calm Finally, the young maoist agrees to let us leave Kershing cuts some young bamboo stems which will be use to make a ladder. At midday, we arrive at the bottom of the cliff The men prepare a camp And a team sets out on reconaissance on the cliff face, a black mass can be made out, and so the honey hunt can begin Deepak: how old were you when you started hunting for honey?.