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King of Cocaland – UN Losing War on Drugs

52' (ENG, ESP), 45' (GER)
Despite the UN's seeming attempts at hindering cocaine production by subsidizing farmers of cocoa, coffee or palm oil, the cocaine plantations in Peru have still managed to become one of the world's largest sources of production.

Why is that? Is this because the UN-companies that are supposedly fighting against cocaine production, when out of the spotlight, are the very ones responsible for the development of the cocaine industry? This accusation lies heavy and has led to internal investigations within the UN. Are the UN officials enriching themselves in the name of goodwill?

Jochen Wiese has been for 30 years representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Peru. Next to Columbia, Peru is one the largest sources of cocaine production in the world and Jochen's main task is to impede the production of cocaine.


The farmers, who refrain from cultivating the coca plants, receive financial support by the newly-founded UN co-operatives. They are granted loans and seeding materials to sow alternative crops such as cocoa, coffee and palm oil and from this venture born the "alternative development project". On this program, Jochen Wiese has spent almost 100 Mio dollar. But cocaine-production in Peru is growing since 2013 and our reporter discovers huge illegal coca-plantations under UN-oilpalms.

Why is that so? Is the UN-program but a cover for the big business with cocaine?
This documentary follows the farmers accused of working with the drug mafia and the UN personnel accused of enriching themselves in the name of goodwill. In a dramatic turn of events, the film will reveal our research, which began on the plains of Peru and has evolved into an internal investigation within the UN.

Fotos: ©WDR

Original Title: Steuergelder für die Kokain-Mafia
Year: 2016
Length: 52' (ENG, ESP), 45' (GER)
Resolution: HD
Film by: Wilfried Huismann, Barbara Schmitz
Produced by: AnaConda International Film, WDR

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