Another film about hemp, one would think - but our research showed that, surprisingly, this topic was not as well worked out cinematically as expected. Apart from the propaganda films initiated by the head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotic, Harry Jacob Anslinger (such as the feature film Reefer Madness, 1936), we found only a few cinema documentaries.
Wolfgang Ritzberger's plan is to show the viewer things that they probably don't know - such as the attempts by beekeeper Nick French, who "feeds" bees with hemp plants in Colorado, as a replacement for flowers or trees and as a remedy for the varoa mite.
The protagonist of the film, however, is always the hemp plant, the active ingredients of which we investigate as well as the past - where hemp was used before cotton for the production of fabrics and where it was known, for example in ancient Egypt, as a medicine and as a luxury food and was used.
In the film, we commute between the big world and Austria, where the big world is reflected or rehearsing, depending on how you look at it.
The demand is already enormous, it is arousing a lot of interest - generally it is expected that hashish will be downgraded as less dangerous. Although doctors, pharmacists and scientists disagree. Is hemp now as dangerous as it has been claimed for decades, or is it nothing compared to a glass of brandy. The legal and socially less but still accepted alcohol intoxication is still better than being "high" from a drug, even if it is "only" hashish.
We are neither for nor against liberalization, but we are fascinated by how a single man managed to demonize and discredit hemp within a few decades (from 1930 to 1960), that the United Nations Drug Conference took the above-mentioned decision on the classification of hemp. And we are fascinated by how the picture of the weed smoker has changed. Even Queen Victoria took cannabis products as well as tobacco products, so Bill Clinton had to come up with wild excuses to avoid impeachment proceedings. "I didn't inhale," said Clinton, his wife nodded in confirmation at the time.
But the boom seems unstoppable, the tingling feeling of doing something illegal is replacing the reason that drugs are not allowed to be sold in the store, even if it is a pharmacy. The film is also a sociopolitical concern for me, a contribution to a debate that should be held - and the chances in the current government constellation are as good as never before.