Presentation Title

Nightshade - An Artistic Exploration of the DEA's War on Drugs (1980-Present)

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Keywords

United States Drug War, DEA, Columbia, Cocaine, Pablo Escobar, Noriega, Contra Scandal, CIA, Michael Levine

Department

Creative Writing

Major

Computer Science and Business

Abstract

Nightshade is a movie screenplay story about two brothers on opposite sides of the United States War on Drugs, doomed to fight each other because of their occupations, who are forced to turn on the very institutions they represent in order to save the only thing that matters to them most, their family. This screenplay story, guided by multiple inside sources, including a former United States Ambassador who was a DEA Special Agent in South America, provides an artistic framework for understanding the essential issues at hand in the drug war in South America from 1980 to present. Guided by multiple expert scholarly sources on the drug war, Nightshade's moral exposition serves as a cautious warning, among those who criticize or support the drug war to its extreme ends, that judgement between the greater good and individual freedom is difficult or even close to impossible to discern - that the war on drugs, as harsh as it may be, marks a reflection of human brokenness and slavery to its own ideology.

Faculty Mentor

Leslie Wilson Kreiner

Funding Source or Research Program

Academic Year Undergraduate Research Initiative

Presentation Session

Session B

Location

Plaza Classroom 189

Start Date

1-4-2016 3:30 PM

End Date

1-4-2016 3:45 PM

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Nightshade - An Artistic Exploration of the DEA's War on Drugs (1980-Present)

Plaza Classroom 189

Nightshade is a movie screenplay story about two brothers on opposite sides of the United States War on Drugs, doomed to fight each other because of their occupations, who are forced to turn on the very institutions they represent in order to save the only thing that matters to them most, their family. This screenplay story, guided by multiple inside sources, including a former United States Ambassador who was a DEA Special Agent in South America, provides an artistic framework for understanding the essential issues at hand in the drug war in South America from 1980 to present. Guided by multiple expert scholarly sources on the drug war, Nightshade's moral exposition serves as a cautious warning, among those who criticize or support the drug war to its extreme ends, that judgement between the greater good and individual freedom is difficult or even close to impossible to discern - that the war on drugs, as harsh as it may be, marks a reflection of human brokenness and slavery to its own ideology.