Humanities Institute

Controversy & Conversation Film Screening: Meth Storm

Thu, March 1, 2018 | Terrazas Branch, Austin Public Library, 1005 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78702

6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Meth Storm
Meth Storm

Today, 90 percent of the methamphetamine consumed in America comes over the border from Mexico in the form of a superdrug called ICE. As drug enforcement agents battle sophisticated cartels, poor, rural users, dealers and families are caught in the middle.

Featuring extensive access to law enforcement, METH STORM tells the story of rural, economically-disadvantaged users and dealers whose addiction to ICE and lack of job opportunities have landed them in an endless cycle of poverty and incarceration. Following police and DEA agents struggling to stop the cartels, the film is both a cautionary tale and a high-stakes drama told from inside the war on drugs.

Drawing on a decade of experience as war correspondents, directors Brent and Craig Renaud embedded themselves deep in the American drug culture over the course of two years to film this disturbing look at methamphetamine addiction. The documentary focuses on an impoverished rural Arkansas community where abuse is rampant, thanks to a plentiful supply of cheap and potent imported crystal meth and a depressed economy that offers little incentive to kick the habit.

Watch the trailer for METH STORM here

Join us on for a reception at 6:30pm. The screening will begin at 7pm, to be followed by a brief community conversation in collaboration with Dr. Stephen Powell. Dr. Powell is a family medicine doctor in Austin, Texas and is affiliated with Seton Medical Center Austin. He received his medical degree from Rush Medical College and has been in practice between 11-20 years. He is one of 130 doctors at Seton Medical Center Austin who specializes in Family Medicine.

Controversy & Conversation is a collaboration between the Difficult Dialogues Program and the Austin Public Library.

Please join us for these upcoming film screenings, on the first Thursday of every month.  All screenings are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: The Humanities Institute and the Austin Public Library

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