Documentary filmmaker Mehran Bozorgnia turns his attentions towards the trafficking of heroin from Afghanistan to Iran in this film that highlights the desperation of local farmers seeking to feed their families by cultivating opium, and the efforts of ruthless drug lords in ensuring that their product reaches the customers. Ahmad Ollah has eighteen mouths to feed, and in order to earn the money to do so he sells poppy sheets embossed on both sides. Trouble is, the drug baron's envoys aren't willing to pay what he thinks his product is worth. Mansur Khan is the drug baron in question, a man who commands a small army of 400 men and provides them with all they weapons they need to cross the river Helmond with several hundred kilos of Opium, and make their way into Iran. Getting caught could mean the death penalty for the smugglers, yet they still soldier on in the name of making a profit. Meanwhile, at an Afghan school, tribal structures and traditions are gradually subverted as older students smoke heroin spliffs while encouraging youngsters to follow suite.
~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide