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LINES OF FIRE

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LINES OF FIRE (1992, First Run Features, 800-229-8575, $39.95) Most recently in the news for its incarceration of 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, along with hundreds of other dissidents, the Mayanmar (formerly Burma) military government is also a linchpin in one of the most odious and enduring scandals of our time: officially sanctioned drug traffic out of Southeast Asia’s Golden Triangle. Free-lance Air America-style bush pilot Brian Beker sold his plane to finance this 62-minute film record of how opium warlords raise private armies to help the Thai and Mayanmar governments put down pro-democracy activists while fueling most of the world’s heroin supply. Beker spends a lot of the time stealing around off-limits areas, interviewing boastful drug kingpins and touring rebel training camps-all of which makes for powerful images but not a pretty picture. A- -TC

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