90 minutes - Ukraine - 2011
Category Full-length documentary
Director of photography (DOP) Igor Ivanov (V)
A film investigating the illegal tobacco trade that thrives in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. This is an inside look at the multibillion-dollar business controlled by organized crime. For more than three years, reporters have worked in Eastern Europe to uncover ways to smuggle cigarettes and show the true value - in monetary terms and in lives - of this seemingly crime-free crime. The same gangs that sell cigarettes sell people, drugs, and control prostitution. This award-winning film is an appeal to politicians, law enforcement, customs and at the same time to smugglers and tobacco traders.