This France-Canada co-production goes behind the scenes of the huge tobacco industry, whose economic power has been expanding for five decades at the expense of public health. A gripping investigation covering three continents, Nadia Collot’s film exposes the vast conspiracy of a criminally negligent industry that conquers new markets through corruption and manipulation. To confront the tobacco cartel, antismoking groups are organizing and scoring points, but the fight remains fierce. With its diverse viewpoints, shocking interviews and riveting images, ‘The Tobacco Conspiracy’ deftly defines the issues in a complex situation where private interests and the public good collide. Enlightening and engrossing, this documentary is a hard-hitting critique of an industry gone mad.
Nadia Collot is a director and editor who has worked in film for 15 years. Humanity and society are the focus of many of her films, particularly ‘Le temps d’une génération’, ‘Ceinture noire et rouge ŕ lčvres’ and ‘Les forces occultes du succčs’. She is completing a master’s degree in ethnology in Paris. A filmmaker with a world view, Nadia is keenly interested in the Chinese people (Hong Kong).
Maureen Mazurek, Florence Ricard, Gianni Collot, Laure Martin Budin
Marie Hélene Ranc, Joanne Carriere
National Film Board of Canada